Early Duquesne Commandery No. 72 


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This early multi-colored paperweight pictures the Ft. Pitt Block House flanked by two Native American teepees.   Around the border and inside the radiant sun it says Duquesne Commandery No. 72 K.T., Pittsburgh, U.S.A.  It measures 3 1/4 inches square.

The Fort Pitt Block House - is a small defensive redoubt that served Fort Pitt, a British installation located at Pittsburgh between 1759-1792.  Fort Duquesne was the French fort that was destroyed in 1758.  The Block House was ordered constructed by Col. Henry Bouquet in 1764.  "Bouquet" , while sounding French was actually Swiss and fought for the British during the French and Indian War.  He was commander at Fort Pitt at the close of that war.   Isaac Craig was the first occupant of the building after the fort was sold in 1785 and the Block House became a residence.  He was the last commander of Fort Pitt and also a charter member of Masonic Lodge 45  which was formed in 1786. The Block House is the only structure that remains of Fort Pitt and is now open as a museum. 

The Fort Pitt Block House is owned and Administered by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and has been since 1894.  The building is open and free to the public year-round, Wednesday-Sunday 10 till 5. 

A special "Thanks" to Kelly Linn, the curator of the Fort Pitt Block House for supplying the above historical information for this webpage.




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