Highland Building

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Highland Building
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Highland Building is located in Pittsburgh
Highland Building
Highland Building is located in Pennsylvania
Highland Building
Highland Building is located in the US
Highland Building
Location 121 S. Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°27′36″N 79°55′29″W / 40.46000°N 79.92472°W / 40.46000; -79.92472Coordinates: 40°27′36″N 79°55′29″W / 40.46000°N 79.92472°W / 40.46000; -79.92472
Area 0.2 acres (0.081 ha)
Built 1909
Architect Burnham,D.H.,Co.
Architectural style Chicago
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP September 06, 1991

The Highland Building is a 13-story building in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Construction on the a building was completed in 1909, with Daniel Burnham being the principal designer.[2][3] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.[1]

Henry Clay Frick originally commissioned the building.[2] Following the Chicago school of architecture, the building features a granite base and terracotta exterior.[2] Beginning around the 1960s, however, the building gradually fell into disrepair coinciding with the decline of East Liberty. Classical ornament on the roof was replaced with substandard material and water entered the basement. Over time, the interior would essentially become destroyed.[2]

Prior to 2012, the Highland Building experienced twenty years of complete dormancy. With assistance from the state of Pennsylvania and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, construction began in 2012 to restore the exterior and reconstruct the interior of the Highland Building, join it with the adjacent three-story Wallace Building, and convert the entire complex into 127 apartments. The project, now completed, is described as, "Walnut on Highland" and is mostly leased. Recently, the last of the retail space in the Wallace Building was filled by a Mexican Restaurant.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d John Conti (4 September 2011). "Decaying landmark in East Liberty may get new life". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Tannler, Albert M. "D. H. Burnham & Company in Pittsburgh". Pittsburgh History & LAndmarks Foundation. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.pgplate.com/openings/692-padron-mexican-grill-is-open
  5. ^ Diana Nelson Jones (23 April 2012). "Highland Building project in East Liberty keeps up the momentum". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 22 March 2013.