The Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center is a warm and welcoming park place that offers a coffee bar, light lunch fare, desserts, gifts, park trail maps, and clean, wheelchair-accessible restrooms. Free wireless internet is available in the building and on the tented patio.
Building History and Restoration
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy led a complete restoration of the Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center in 2001.
Originally used as a picnic shelter, the building was designed and built between 1903 and 1904 by Pittsburgh architectural firm Rutan and Russell (other work by the firm includes the University of Pittsburgh’s William Pitt Union, formerly the Schenley Hotel). Two similar shelters that no longer exist were built around the same time but were torn down over the years. The Visitor Center is one of the few surviving buildings from the early days of park construction.
The Parks Conservancy restored the historic building’s masonry, windows, and roof. The interior was redesigned to house a café and gift shop. Many of the materials used in the restoration were salvaged from the original building and a majority of the new materials were supplied by local vendors. Beautiful landscape detailing completed the restoration of this popular park amenity.
In its over 100 years in the park, the building has served as a concession stand for Phipps Conservatory, a tool shed in the 1930s, a workspace for the Pittsburgh Civic Garden Club, a nature museum housing snakes and other park creatures, and an office for workers conducting park repairs. Now, we welcome you to visit the café on your next visit to Schenley Park!
The Eat'n Park Hospitality Group provides food service, catering, and event accommodations at the Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center, an ideal location for an intimate wedding, engagement party, corporate retreat, or birthday party. Read the full catering guide here. If you're interested in hosting an event at the café, click here.