The season for lunching outdoors is winding down, but visitors to Point State Park may still find the new Café At The Point open on occasion.

While the café will soon close for the season, for a little while longer visitors can pull up a chair at the tables adorned with historical drawings and informative text about the history of the park. Year-round they can check out historical details on the structure’s walls.

The café opened earlier this fall (see photos, below) thanks to the generous gifts from the employees of PNC Financial Services Group and The PNC Foundation, with additional support from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Laurel Foundation and Riverlife, a public-private partnership devoted to reclaiming, restoring and promoting Pittsburgh’s riverfronts as the environmental, recreational, cultural and economic hub.

Designed by Pittsburgh’s Pfaffmann + Associates, the structure was built by DiMarco Construction Co. from recycled steel and masonry, uses external low-energy LED lighting fixtures, and incorporates live plants into its walls and roof in keeping with PNC’s dedication to “green” building.

The 36-acre Point State Park is on the site of the former Fort Pitt, built in 1759 by the British during the French & Indian War. In 1894 the blockhouse was preserved while the city grew around it. In 1945 the development of a state park was authorized. Dilapidated commercial buildings were torn down over the following decades, with the park dedicated in 1974 and now designated as a National Historic Landmark. The park’s iconic fountain is undergoing restoration expected to be completed in 2012. The Fort Pitt Museum & Museum Shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Here’s a link to some photos of the cafe’s opening earlier this fall.