Three Gateway Center

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Three Gateway Center
General information
Type Residential
Location 401 Liberty Avenue
Town or city Pittsburgh
Country United States of America
Construction started 1950
Completed 1952
Owner Hertz Group
Management Hertz Group
Height 344 ft (105 m)
Technical details
Floor count 24
Design and construction
Architect Eggers & Higgins
Developer Equitable

Three Gateway Center is a 344 ft (105m) skyscraper in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was completed in 1952 and has 24 floors. It is the 20th tallest building in Pittsburgh.

2012 hostage incident[edit]

On the morning of September 21, 2012, 22-year-old military veteran Klein Michael Thaxton (who reportedly had a criminal record, and was believed to be carrying a gun and two duffel bags) stormed into a 16th-floor office of CW Breitsman Associates and took a male hostage while letting at least two females go. Police believed a male hostage was targeted because Thaxton was believed to have asked for a particular male. Pittsburgh Police, with the assistance of the Allegheny County Sheriff and Port Authority of Allegheny County police, closed off surrounding streets, as well as closing the buildings plaza and the Gateway Center Subway Station for the five-hour standoff, before successfully resolving the situation. It was confined only to one room in the suite, and no injuries or deaths occurred, as evacuations were minimal and people were still occupying other portions of the skyscraper. Thaxton communicated to friends, family (authorities had brought his mother to the scene), and others though his Facebook page during the first few hours of the standoff, the first documented case of such a hostage situation in history,[1] before police had the page shut down to facilitate negotiations.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sciullo, Maria (2012-09-22). "Suspect held city #hostage on social media | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  2. ^ Gurman, Sadie (2012-09-21). "Hostage-taker targeted Gateway 3 because of its easy access, he tells police | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  3. ^ "Police: Hostage standoff ends peacefully in Pittsburgh – This Just In - Blogs". Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
Preceded by
Centre City Tower
Pittsburgh Skyscrapers by Height
344 feet (105 m)
24 floors
Succeeded by
Oliver Building
Preceded by
525 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh Skyscrapers by Year of Completion
Succeeded by
Regional Enterprise Tower

Coordinates: 40°26′31″N 80°00′20″W / 40.441814°N 80.005555°W / 40.441814; -80.005555