BETHEL PARK (KDKA) — The Cathedral of Learning stands 563 feet above the University of Pittsburgh campus.

Or one foot above a LEGO workbench, depending on which one we’re talking about.

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The smaller version was built by Josh Hall, who can make just about anything out of multicolored plastic bricks.

As founder of Steel City LUG, which stands for LEGO Users Group, the Bethel Park man says Pitt’s Cathedral was a challenge.

“One of the major inspirations for it was actually the color of the Stephen Foster Memorial,” he says. “It’s sand green, in LEGO colors. But it matches perfectly.”

He has colors to match just about anything. Shelves are packed with 300,000 little bricks. He also has every collectible mini-figure LEGO has ever produced.

Hall’s website is filled mini-masterpieces.

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Meanwhile, his version of the Cathedral has attracted more than 1,000 votes on the LEGO website. But he says there’s a long way to go.

“Once it reaches 10,000, LEGO will review it and talk about what kind of marketing they can do for it, and maybe produce it as a set.”

Toy stores like Learning Express in the Mount Lebanon Galleria are filled with LEGO kits, the so-called “Ideas” sets were designed by amateur builders. Will the Cathedral of Learning measure up?

“It would take all of Pittsburgh to come together and say, we want Pittsburgh on the map for LEGO,” he says.

Online voting continues through May 1.
To cast your vote, visit:

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