Fifth Avenue Place (Pittsburgh)

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Fifth Avenue Place
Fifth Avenue Place.jpg
View of Fifth Avenue Place from Mount Washington
General information
Location120 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh
Coordinates40°26′31″N 80°00′12″W / 40.44194°N 80.00333°W / 40.44194; -80.00333Coordinates: 40°26′31″N 80°00′12″W / 40.44194°N 80.00333°W / 40.44194; -80.00333
Construction started1985
Cost$100 million ($235.9 million today)[1]
Roof616 ft (188 m)
Technical details
Floor count31
Floor area750,201 sq ft (69,696.0 m2)[2]
Design and construction
ArchitectStubbins Associates
DeveloperHillman Associates

Fifth Avenue Place (originally "Hillman Tower", sometimes called Highmark Place for its major tenant) is a skyscraper in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. United States.

The building was completed on April 14, 1988[3] and it has 31 floors. Located at the corner of Liberty Avenue and Fifth Avenue, it rises 616 feet (188 m) above Downtown Pittsburgh. The structure is made up of a unique granite frame for roughly the first 450 feet (140 m), then collapses inward in a pyramidal shape for another 124-foot-tall (38 m) roof structure. The roof utilizes four prisms clad in granite and encloses a penthouse area that stores the mechanics for the building as well as the cooling towers. Before Highmark's branding of the top of the tower, there were video screens at the base of the decorative summit of the building.

Protruding from the top of the skyscraper is a 178-foot-tall (54 m) mast manufactured by Meyer Industry of Minnesota. Despite its rounded appearance, the 13-story steel structure is actually 12-sided and measures four feet in diameter. Due to high winds, the mast allows for up to three feet of sway. The height at the top of the mast represents the intended height for the building when it was in development. However, the city decided that that height would not fit in well with the skyline, so the height of the main structure was restricted to what it is today.[4]

Crane operator David Angle, the father of future Olympic wrestler and professional wrestler Kurt Angle, was killed in a construction accident during construction of Fifth Avenue Place on August 29, 1984.[5]

Shopping center[edit]

Commercial space on two floors

There is a shopping center with two floors.[6] [7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Fifth Avenue Place". Skyscraper Center. CTBUH. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Fifth Avenue Place - Downtown Pittsburgh's premier shopping and office complex!". Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  7. ^ "Fifth Avenue Place Arcade Shops | Pittsburgh, PA 15222 | Entertainment Districts in Pittsburgh, PA". Retrieved 2016-03-25.

Further reading[edit]

  • Toker, Franklin (2007). Buildings of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh: Chicago: Society of Architectural Historians; Santa Fe: Center for American Places ; Charlottesville: In association with the University of Virginia Press. ISBN 0-8139-2650-5.

External links[edit]

Media related to Fifth Avenue Place (Pittsburgh) at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Oxford Centre
Pittsburgh Skyscrapers by Height
616 feet (188 m)
31 floors
Succeeded by
PPG Place
Preceded by
EQT Plaza
Pittsburgh Skyscrapers by Year of Completion
Succeeded by
Three PNC Plaza