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Pittsburgh, the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, is home to 135 completed high-rises, 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. 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).
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. 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. The Carnegie Building was later demolished in 1952 to make way for an expansion of a Kaufmann's (now Macy's) department store. 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[update], 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.
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[update], 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[update], there were five high-rise buildings under construction or proposed for construction in Pittsburgh.
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.
ft / m
|1||U.S. Steel Tower||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||BNY Mellon Center||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||One PPG Place||635 / 194||40||1984|||
|4||Fifth Avenue Place||616 / 188||31||1988||Also known as Highmark Place.|
|5||One Oxford Centre||615 / 187||45||1983|||
|6||Gulf Tower||582 / 177||44||1932||Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1930s.|
|7||Tower at PNC Plaza *||545 / 166||33||2015||Topped out on June 24, 2014. |
|8||Cathedral of Learning||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.|
|9||525 William Penn Place||520 / 158||41||1951||Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1950s.|
|10||K&L Gates Center||511 / 156||39||1968||Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1960s.|
|11||Grant Building||485 / 148||40||1929|||
|12||Koppers Tower||475 / 145||34||1929||Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1920s.|
|13||Two PNC Plaza||445 / 136||34||1975|||
|14||EQT Plaza||430 / 131||32||1987|||
|15||One PNC Plaza||424 / 129||30||1972|||
|16||Regional Enterprise Tower||410 / 125||30||1953||First skyscraper with an all-aluminum facade. Formerly known as the Alcoa Building.|
|17||Three PNC Plaza||361 / 110||23||2009||Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 2000s.|
|18||Federated Tower||358 / 109||27||1982|||
|19||11 Stanwix Street||355 / 108||23||1969|||
|20||Oliver Building||347 / 106||25||1910||Tallest existing building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1910s.|
|21||Three Gateway Center||344 / 105||24||1952|||
|22||Centre City Tower||-||341 / 104||26||1971|||
|23||William S. Moorhead Federal Building||340 / 104||23||1964|||
|24||Bell Telephone Building||339 / 103||20||1923|||
|25||Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown||333 / 102||22||1959||Tallest hotel building in the city.|
|26||Frick Building||330 / 101||20||1902||Tallest existing building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1900s.|
|27||Four Gateway Center||305 / 93||22||1960|||
|28=||Washington Plaza||300 / 91||24||1964|||
|28=||Commonwealth Building||-||300 / 91||21||1906|||
|28=||The Carlyle||300 / 91||21||1906|||
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.
ft / m
|Tower at PNC Plaza||545 / 166||33||2015||Under construction||Topped out on June 24, 2014. |
|350 Fifth Avenue||-||20||2016||Proposed|||
|Cultural District Residential Tower I||-||30||-||Proposed||Part of the planned RiverParc development|
|Cultural District Residential Tower II||-||23||-||Proposed||Part of the planned RiverParc development|
|Cultural District Residential Tower III||-||20||-||proposed||Part of the planned RiverParc development|
* Table entries with dashes (—) indicate that information regarding building dates of completion has not yet been released.
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
|Trinity Episcopal Cathedral||328 Sixth Avenue||1872–1888||200 / 61||N/A|||
|Allegheny County Courthouse||436 Grant Street||1888–1902||249 / 76||5|||
|Farmers Bank Building[A]||301 Fifth Avenue||1902–1910||344 / 105||27|||
|Oliver Building||535 Smithfield Street||1910–1912||347 / 106||25|||
|First National Bank Building[B]||511 Wood Street at Fifth Avenue||1912–1928||387 / 118||26|||
|Grant Building||330 Grant Street||1928–1932||485 / 148||40|||
|Gulf Building||707 Grant Street||1932–1970||582 / 177||44|||
|U.S. Steel Tower||600 Grant Street||1970–present||841 / 256||64|||
This list ranks Pittsburgh skyscrapers that stood at least 300 feet (91 m) tall but have since been demolished or destroyed.
feet / m
|First National Bank Building||387 / 118||26||1912||1970||Demolished to make room for One PNC Plaza.|
|Farmers Bank Building||344 / 105||27||1902||1997||Demolished due to lack of tenants. |