List of tallest buildings in Pittsburgh

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 A view of a city nestled at the point where two rivers merge. There are yellow bridges crossing the rivers and a large fountain at the point where they meet. The city steps back from a park surrounding this fountain.
Skyline of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, is home to 135 completed high-rises,[1] 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.[2] 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).[3]

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.[4][5] 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.[6] The Carnegie Building was later demolished in 1952 to make way for an expansion of a Kaufmann's (now Macy's) department store.[7] 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, 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.[8]

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, 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, there were five high-rise buildings under construction or proposed for construction in Pittsburgh.[1]

a panorama of downtown Pittsburgh taken from Mount Washington at night.
Skyline of Pittsburgh viewed from Mount Washington

Tallest buildings[edit]

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
1U.S. Steel Tower a black tower with a triangular floor plan. You can see two of the sides with the acronym "UPMC" sits at the top of each side.841 / 25664197043rd-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][9]
2BNY Mellon Center A tall beige building with the word "Mellon" in glowing green letters on the top.725 / 221541983103rd tallest building in the U.S. Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1980s. Formerly known as One Mellon Center.[3][10]
3One PPG Place an all glass building with no other tall buildings around it. It is topped off by a glass spire on each corner and is surrounded by much shorter but similarly Gothic glass buildings.635 / 194401984[11][12]
4Fifth Avenue PlaceFifth Avenue Place.jpg616 / 188311988Also known as Highmark Place.[13][14]
5One Oxford CentreOxford Center Pittsburgh.jpg615 / 187451983[15][16]
6Gulf TowerPittsburgh-gulf-tower-2007.jpg582 / 177441932Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1930s.[17][18]
7Tower at PNC Plaza *Tower at PNC Plaza under construction, August 29, 2014.jpg545 / 166332015Topped out on June 24, 2014. [19][20][21]
8Cathedral of LearningCathoLearn.jpg535 / 163421936Second-tallest university building in the world, behind the main building of Moscow State University. Tallest building in the city located outside of Downtown.[22][23]
9525 William Penn Place525 William Penn Place Pittsburgh.JPG520 / 158411951Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1950s.[24][25]
10K&L Gates CenterKL Gates Center.jpg511 / 156391968Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1960s.[26][27]
11Grant BuildingGrant Building Pittsburgh.jpg485 / 148401929[28][29]
12Koppers TowerKopperspgh.JPG475 / 145341929Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1920s.[30][31]
13Two PNC PlazaTwo and Three PNC Plaza, Pittsburgh.jpg445 / 136341975[32][33]
14EQT PlazaEqttower2011.jpg430 / 131321987[34][35]
15One PNC PlazaPNC Building Pittsburgh.jpg424 / 129301972[36][37]
16Regional Enterprise TowerAlcoabuilding.jpg410 / 125301953First skyscraper with an all-aluminum facade. Formerly known as the Alcoa Building.[38][39]
17Three PNC Plaza3 pnc plaza.jpg361 / 110232009Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 2000s.[40]
18Federated TowerFederatedTowerPgh.JPG358 / 109271982[41][42]
1911 Stanwix Street11 Stanwix Street Pittsburgh.jpg355 / 108231969[43][44]
20Oliver BuildingHenryW.OliverBuilding.jpg347 / 106251910Tallest existing building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1910s.[45][46]
21Three Gateway Center3gatewaycenter.jpg344 / 105241952[47][48]
22Centre City Tower-341 / 104261971[49][50]
23William S. Moorhead Federal BuildingPghfedbldg.jpg340 / 104231964[51][52]
24Bell Telephone BuildingBell Telephone Bldg Pittsburgh jeh.jpg339 / 103201923[53][54]
25Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh DowntownPittsburgh Hilton 2008.jpg333 / 102221959Tallest hotel building in the city.[55][56]
26Frick BuildingFrickBuildingPittsburgh.jpg330 / 101201902Tallest existing building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1900s.[57][58]
27Four Gateway Center4gatewaycenter.jpg305 / 93221960[59][60]
28=Washington PlazaWashington Plaza, Pittsburgh.jpg300 / 91241964[61][62]
28=Commonwealth Building-300 / 91211906[63][64]
28=The CarlyleUnionbankpgh.jpg300 / 91211906[65]

Tallest under construction, approved, or proposed[edit]

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 Plaza545 / 166332015Under constructionTopped out on June 24, 2014. [66][67][68]
350 Fifth Avenue-202016Proposed[69]
Cultural District Residential Tower I-30-ProposedPart of the planned RiverParc development[70][71]
Cultural District Residential Tower II-23-ProposedPart of the planned RiverParc development[70][71]
Cultural District Residential Tower III-20-proposedPart of the planned RiverParc development[70][71]

* Table entries with dashes (—) indicate that information regarding building dates of completion has not yet been released.

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

This list shows chronologically the buildings that held the title of tallest building in Pittsburgh.

NameImageStreet addressYears as tallestHeight
ft / m
Trinity Episcopal CathedralPittsburgh trinitychurch.jpg328 Sixth Avenue1872–1888200 / 61N/A[72]
Allegheny County CourthouseAlleghenyCountyCourthouse.jpg436 Grant Street1888–1902249 / 765[6]
Farmers Bank Building[A]Farmers Bank Building (Pittsburgh).jpg301 Fifth Avenue1902–1910344 / 10527[73]
Oliver BuildingHenryW.OliverBuilding.jpg535 Smithfield Street1910–1912347 / 10625[46]
First National Bank Building[B]First National Bank Building (Pittsburgh).jpg511 Wood Street at Fifth Avenue1912–1928387 / 11826[74]
Grant BuildingGrant Building Pittsburgh.jpg330 Grant Street1928–1932485 / 14840[29]
Gulf BuildingPittsburgh-gulf-tower-2007.jpg707 Grant Street1932–1970582 / 17744[18]
U.S. Steel TowerUpmcsign.jpg600 Grant Street1970–present841 / 25664[9]

Tallest destroyed[edit]

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 Building387 / 1182619121970Demolished to make room for One PNC Plaza.[75][76]
Farmers Bank Building344 / 1052719021997Demolished due to lack of tenants. [77][78]

See also[edit]


A. ^ This building was demolished in 1997 due to lack of tenants.[79]
B. ^ This building was demolished in 1970 to make room for One PNC Plaza.[80]


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  2. ^ a b "U.S. Steel Tower". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  3. ^ a b "One Mellon Center". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
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  6. ^ a b "Allegheny County Courthouse & Jail". Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  7. ^ "Carnegie Building". Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  8. ^ "Cities with the most skyscrapers". Retrieved 2015-05-25. 
  9. ^ a b "US Steel Tower". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  10. ^ "Mellon Bank Center". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  11. ^ "One PPG Place". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  12. ^ "One PPG Place". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  13. ^ "Fifth Avenue Place". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  14. ^ "Fifth Avenue Place". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  15. ^ "One Oxford Centre". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  16. ^ "One Oxford Centre". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  17. ^ "Gulf Building". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  18. ^ a b "Gulf Building". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  19. ^ Tascarella, Patty. "PNC places last steel beam on new headquarters building accessdate=2014-10-16". Pittsburgh Business Times. 
  20. ^ "Tower at PNC Plaza". Skyscraper Page. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  21. ^ "Tower at PNC Plaza". Emporis. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  22. ^ "Cathedral of Learning". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  23. ^ "Cathedral Of Learning". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  24. ^ "Three Mellon Center". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  25. ^ "Three Mellon Center". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  26. ^ "FreeMarkets Center". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  27. ^ "FreeMarkets Center". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  28. ^ "Grant Building". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  29. ^ a b "Grant Building". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  30. ^ "Koppers Building". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  31. ^ "Koppers Building". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  32. ^ "Two PNC Plaza". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  33. ^ "Two PNC Plaza". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  34. ^ "Dominion Tower". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  35. ^ "Dominion Tower". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  36. ^ "One PNC Plaza". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  37. ^ "One PNC Plaza". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  38. ^ "Regional Enterprise Tower". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  39. ^ "Regional Enterprise Tower". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  40. ^ "Three PNC Plaza". Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  41. ^ "Federated Tower". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  42. ^ "Federated Tower". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  43. ^ "Westinghouse Tower". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  44. ^ "Westinghouse Tower". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  45. ^ "Oliver Building". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  46. ^ a b "Oliver Building". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  47. ^ "Three Gateway Center". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  48. ^ "Three Gateway Center". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  49. ^ "Centre City Tower". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  50. ^ "Center City Tower". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  51. ^ "William S. Moorhead Federal Building". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  52. ^ "William S. Moorehead Federal Building". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  53. ^ "Bell Telephone Building". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  54. ^ "Bell Telephone Building". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  55. ^ "Pittsburgh Hilton & Towers". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  56. ^ "Hilton Pittsburgh & Towers". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  57. ^ "Frick Building". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  58. ^ "Frick Building". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  59. ^ "Four Gateway Center". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  60. ^ "Four Gateway Center". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  61. ^ "Washington Plaza". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  62. ^ "Washington Plaza". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  63. ^ "Commonwealth Building". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  64. ^ "Commonwealth Building". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  65. ^ "The Carlyle". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  66. ^ Tascarella, Patty. "PNC places last steel beam on new headquarters building accessdate=2014-10-16". Pittsburgh Business Times. 
  67. ^ "Tower at PNC Plaza". Skyscraper Page. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  68. ^ "Tower at PNC Plaza". Emporis. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  69. ^
  70. ^ a b c
  71. ^ a b c
  72. ^ "Trinity Episcopal Cathedral". Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  73. ^ "Farmers Bank Building". Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  74. ^ "First National Bank". Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  75. ^ "First National Bank Building". Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  76. ^ "First National Bank". Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  77. ^ "Farmers Bank Building". Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  78. ^ "Farmers Bank Building". Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  79. ^ "Farmers Bank Building". Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  80. ^ "First National Bank Building". Retrieved 2008-04-07. 

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