Farmers Bank Building (Pittsburgh)

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Farmers Bank Building
Farmers Bank Building (Pittsburgh).jpg
Alternative names Farmers Deposit National Bank Building
Rockwell-Standard Building
500 Wood Street
General information
Status Imploded
Type Commercial offices
Location 305 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°26′27″N 80°00′01″W / 40.440750°N 80.000154°W / 40.440750; -80.000154Coordinates: 40°26′27″N 80°00′01″W / 40.440750°N 80.000154°W / 40.440750; -80.000154
Completed 1902
Renovated 1967
Demolished May 25, 1997
Owner Penzer Inc.
Management Penzer Inc.
Roof 105.01 m (344.5 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 27
Design and construction
Architect Alden & Harlow

The Farmers Bank Building was a 27-story, 105 m (344 ft) skyscraper in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania completed in 1902 and demolished on May 25, 1997.[3] The University of Pittsburgh's online digital library states the building was constructed in 1903 and had 24 stories.[4] To a generation of Pittsburgh sports fans the building is well remembered for being resurfaced in the mid 1960[5] in a failed rehabilitation but also fondly for a 15 story high mural of Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski, Jack Lambert, Mean Joe Greene and Mario Lemieux completed in 1992 by Judy Penzer, who was killed in the crash of TWA Flight 800 four years later. For the five years the mural existed it was often the centerpiece for national networks cutting to or from games while they were in town for sporting events.

Rockwell International owned the building starting in the mid-1960s and used it as its global headquarters, selling it in early 1972 and consolidating its headquarters staff in the U.S. Steel Tower blocks away.[6]

For a time, the father of Pittsburgh hockey, some claim of professional hockey, James Wallace Conant was the building manager for the complex. He also was the longtime manager of the Schenley Park Casino and Duquesne Gardens.

The building was imploded by Controlled Demolition, Inc. on the afternoon of May 25, 1997.

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  1. ^ Farmers Bank Building (Pittsburgh) at Emporis
  2. ^ "Farmers Bank Building". SkyscraperPage. 
  3. ^ "40-Story Pittsburgh Bank; Tallest in World Outside New York – Firm Here to Build It". The New York Times. August 14, 1911. p. 7. 
  4. ^ "Historic Pittsburgh – Chronology by Year: 1903". University of Pittsburgh Digital Research Library. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ Trump, James D. Van & Arthur P. Zigler Jr., Landmark Architecture of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1967 p. 4
  6. ^ Staff writers (4 February 1972). "NA Rockwell Building sold to Galbreath". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 13. Retrieved 2 May 2012.