List of tallest buildings in Pittsburgh

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 a view of Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle and Point State Park taken from Mount Washington
Skyline of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, is home to 135 completed high-rises,[1] 29 of which stand at least 300 feet (91 m) tall. The tallest building in Pittsburgh is the 64-story U.S. Steel Tower, which rises 841 feet (256 m) and was completed in 1970.[2] It also stands as the fourth-tallest building in Pennsylvania and the 43rd-tallest building in the United States. The second-tallest skyscraper in the city is BNY Mellon Center, which rises 725 feet (221 m).[3]

The history of skyscrapers in Pittsburgh began with the 1895 completion of the Carnegie Building; this structure, rising 13 floors, was the first steel-framed skyscraper to be constructed in the city.[4][5] It never held the title of tallest structure in the city, however, as it did not surpass the 249-foot (76 m) tower of the Allegheny County Courthouse, which was completed in 1888.[6] The Carnegie Building was later demolished in 1952 to make way for an expansion of a Kaufmann's (now Macy's) department store.[7] Pittsburgh experienced a large building boom from the late 1960s to the late 1980s. During this time, 12 of the city's 21 tallest building were constructed, including the city's three tallest structures, the U.S. Steel Tower, BNY Mellon Center, and PPG Place. The city is the site of 10 skyscrapers at least 492 feet (150 m) in height, of which two rank among the tallest in the United States. As of 2014, the skyline of Pittsburgh is ranked 18th in the United States and 77th in the world with 25 buildings rising at least 330 feet (100 m) in height.[8]

Unlike many other major American cities, Pittsburgh was the site of relatively few skyscraper construction projects in the 2000s decade. The most recently completed skyscraper in the city is Three PNC Plaza, which rises 344 feet (105 m) in height and was completed in 2009. As of 2013, the largest high-rise development under construction in Pittsburgh is the 545-foot (166 m) Tower at PNC Plaza, which is expected to be complete by 2015. Overall, as of May 2014, there were five high-rise buildings under construction or proposed for construction in Pittsburgh.[1]

a panorama of downtown Pittsburgh taken from Mount Washington at night.
Skyline of Pittsburgh viewed from Mount Washington

Tallest buildings[edit]

This list ranks Pittsburgh skyscrapers that stand at least 300 feet (91 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed.

Rank Name Image Height
ft / m
Floors Year Notes
1 U.S. Steel Tower Upmcsign.jpg 841 / 256 64 1970 43rd-tallest building in the United States, 4th tallest in Pennsylvania. Has been the tallest building in the city since 1970, and was the tallest building in the state from 1970 until the 1987 completion of One Liberty Place in Philadelphia. Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1970s. Formerly known as USX Tower.[2][9]
2 BNY Mellon Center Pittsburgh-mellon-center-2007-night.jpg 725 / 221 54 1983 103rd tallest building in the U.S. Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1980s. Formerly known as One Mellon Center.[3][10]
3 One PPG Place Pittsburgh-pennsylvania-ppg-place-2007.jpg 635 / 194 40 1984 [11][12]
4 Fifth Avenue Place Fifth Avenue Place.jpg 616 / 188 31 1988 Also known as Highmark Place.[13][14]
5 One Oxford Centre Oxford Center Pittsburgh.jpg 615 / 187 45 1983 [15][16]
6 Gulf Tower Pittsburgh-gulf-tower-2007.jpg 582 / 177 44 1932 Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1930s.[17][18]
7 Cathedral of Learning CathoLearn.jpg 535 / 163 42 1936 Second-tallest university building in the world, behind the main building of Moscow State University. Tallest building in the city located outside of Downtown.[19][20]
8 525 William Penn Place 525 William Penn Place Pittsburgh.JPG 520 / 158 41 1951 Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1950s.[21][22]
9 K&L Gates Center KL Gates Center.jpg 511 / 156 39 1968 Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1960s.[23][24]
10 Grant Building Grant Building Pittsburgh.jpg 485 / 148 40 1929 [25][26]
11 Koppers Tower Kopperspgh.JPG 475 / 145 34 1929 Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1920s.[27][28]
12 Two PNC Plaza Two and Three PNC Plaza, Pittsburgh.jpg 445 / 136 34 1975 [29][30]
13 EQT Plaza Eqttower2011.jpg 430 / 131 32 1987 [31][32]
14 One PNC Plaza PNC Building Pittsburgh.jpg 424 / 129 30 1972 [33][34]
15 Regional Enterprise Tower Alcoabuilding.jpg 410 / 125 30 1953 First skyscraper with an all-aluminum facade. Formerly known as the Alcoa Building.[35][36]
16 Three PNC Plaza 3 pnc plaza.jpg 361 / 110 23 2009 Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 2000s.[37]
17 Federated Tower FederatedTowerPgh.JPG 358 / 109 27 1982 [38][39]
18 11 Stanwix Street 11 Stanwix Street Pittsburgh.jpg 355 / 108 23 1969 [40][41]
19 Oliver Building HenryW.OliverBuilding.jpg 347 / 106 25 1910 Tallest existing building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1910s.[42][43]
20 Three Gateway Center 3gatewaycenter.jpg 344 / 105 24 1952 [44][45]
21 Centre City Tower - 341 / 104 26 1971 [46][47]
22 William S. Moorhead Federal Building Pghfedbldg.jpg 340 / 104 23 1964 [48][49]
23 Bell Telephone Building Bell Telephone Bldg Pittsburgh jeh.jpg 339 / 103 20 1923 [50][51]
24 Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Pittsburgh Hilton 2008.jpg 333 / 102 22 1959 Tallest hotel building in the city.[52][53]
25 Frick Building FrickBuildingPittsburgh.jpg 330 / 101 20 1902 Tallest existing building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1900s.[54][55]
26 Four Gateway Center 4gatewaycenter.jpg 305 / 93 22 1960 [56][57]
27= Washington Plaza Washington Plaza, Pittsburgh.jpg 300 / 91 24 1964 [58][59]
27= Commonwealth Building - 300 / 91 21 1906 [60][61]
27= The Carlyle Unionbankpgh.jpg 300 / 91 21 1906 [62]

Tallest under construction, approved, or proposed[edit]

This list ranks Pittsburgh skyscrapers that are under construction,approved, or proposed in Pittsburgh and planned to be at least 300 feet (91 m). A floor count of 20 stories is used as a minimum if a height has not yet been determined for the building.

Name Height
ft / m
Floors Year*
(est.)
Status References
Tower at PNC Plaza 545 - 564 / 166 -172 32 - 33 2015 Under construction Will become the seventh tallest building in Pittsburgh upon completion[63][64]
350 Fifth Avenue - 33 2016 Proposed [65]
Cultural District Residential Tower I - 30 - Proposed Part of the planned RiverParc development[66][67]
Cultural District Residential Tower II - 23 - Proposed Part of the planned RiverParc development[66][67]
Cultural District Residential Tower III - 20 - proposed Part of the planned RiverParc development[66][67]

* Table entries with dashes (—) indicate that information regarding building dates of completion has not yet been released.

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

This list shows chronologically the buildings that held the title of tallest building in Pittsburgh.

Name Image Street address Years as tallest Height
ft / m
Floors Reference
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Pittsburgh trinitychurch.jpg 328 Sixth Avenue 1872–1888 200 / 61 N/A [68]
Allegheny County Courthouse AlleghenyCountyCourthouse.jpg 436 Grant Street 1888–1902 249 / 76 5 [6]
Farmers Bank Building[A] Farmers Bank Building (Pittsburgh).jpg 301 Fifth Avenue 1902–1910 344 / 105 27 [69]
Oliver Building HenryW.OliverBuilding.jpg 535 Smithfield Street 1910–1912 347 / 106 25 [43]
First National Bank Building[B] First National Bank Building (Pittsburgh).jpg 511 Wood Street at Fifth Avenue 1912–1928 387 / 118 26 [70]
Grant Building Grant Building Pittsburgh.jpg 330 Grant Street 1928–1932 485 / 148 40 [26]
Gulf Building Pittsburgh-gulf-tower-2007.jpg 707 Grant Street 1932–1970 582 / 177 44 [18]
U.S. Steel Tower Upmcsign.jpg 600 Grant Street 1970–present 841 / 256 64 [9]

Tallest destroyed[edit]

This list ranks Pittsburgh skyscrapers that stood at least 300 feet (91 m) tall but has since been demolished or destroyed.

Name Height
feet / m
Floors Year
Completed
Year
Destroyed
Notes
First National Bank Building 387 / 118 26 1912 1970 Demolished to make room for One PNC Plaza.[71][72]
Farmers Bank Building 344 / 105 27 1902 1997 Demolished due to lack of tenants. [73][74]

Canceled Skyscrapers[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

A. ^ This building was demolished in 1997 due to lack of tenants.[89]
B. ^ This building was demolished in 1970 to make room for One PNC Plaza.[90]

References[edit]

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  58. ^ "Washington Plaza". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  59. ^ "Washington Plaza". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  60. ^ "Commonwealth Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  61. ^ "Commonwealth Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
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