List of tallest buildings in Pittsburgh

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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 35th-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 2013, the skyline of Pittsburgh is ranked 18th in the United States and 68th 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 February 2013, there were nine high-rise buildings under construction or proposed for construction in Pittsburgh.[1]

Skyline of Pittsburgh viewed from Mount Washington

Tallest buildings[edit]

This lists 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.

RankNameImageHeight
ft / m
FloorsYearNotes
1U.S. Steel TowerUpmcsign.jpg841 / 25664197041st-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 CenterPittsburgh-mellon-center-2007-night.jpg725 / 22154198398th Tallest building in the U.S. Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1980s. Formerly known as One Mellon Center.[3][10]
3One PPG PlacePittsburgh-pennsylvania-ppg-place-2007.jpg635 / 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]
7Cathedral 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.[19][20]
8525 William Penn Place525 William Penn Place Pittsburgh.JPG520 / 158411951Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1950s.[21][22]
9K&L Gates CenterKL Gates Center.jpg511 / 156391968Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1960s.[23][24]
10Grant BuildingGrant Building Pittsburgh.jpg485 / 148401929[25][26]
11Koppers TowerKopperspgh.JPG475 / 145341929Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1920s.[27][28]
12Two PNC PlazaTwo and Three PNC Plaza, Pittsburgh.jpg445 / 136341975[29][30]
13EQT PlazaEqttower2011.jpg430 / 131321987[31][32]
14One PNC PlazaPNC Building Pittsburgh.jpg424 / 129301972[33][34]
15Regional Enterprise TowerAlcoabuilding.jpg410 / 125301953First skyscraper with an all-aluminum facade. Formerly known as the Alcoa Building.[35][36]
16Three PNC Plaza3 pnc plaza.jpg361 / 110232009Tallest building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 2000s.[37]
17Federated TowerFederatedTowerPgh.JPG358 / 109271982[38][39]
1811 Stanwix Street11 Stanwix Street Pittsburgh.jpg355 / 108231969[40][41]
19Oliver BuildingHenryW.OliverBuilding.jpg347 / 106251910Tallest existing building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1910s.[42][43]
20Three Gateway Center3gatewaycenter.jpg344 / 105241952[44][45]
21Centre City Tower341 / 104261971[46][47]
22William S. Moorhead Federal BuildingPghfedbldg.jpg340 / 104231964[48][49]
23Bell Telephone BuildingBell Telepone Bdg Pittsburgh jeh.jpg339 / 103201923[50][51]
24Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh DowntownPittsburgh Hilton 2008.jpg333 / 102221959Tallest hotel building in the city.[52][53]
25Frick BuildingFrickBuildingPittsburgh.jpg330 / 101201902Tallest existing building constructed in Pittsburgh in the 1900s.[54][55]
26Four Gateway Center4gatewaycenter.jpg305 / 93221960[56][57]
27=Washington PlazaWashington Plaza, Pittsburgh.jpg300 / 91241964[58][59]
27=Commonwealth Building300 / 91211906[60][61]
27=The CarlyleUnionbankpgh.jpg300 / 91211906[62]

Skyscrapers under construction[edit]

Proposed Skyscrapers[edit]

Canceled Skyscrapers[edit]

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

The Gulf Building stood as the tallest building in Pittsburgh from 1932 until 1970.

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Pittsburgh.

NameStreet addressYears as tallestHeight
ft / m
FloorsReference
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral328 Sixth Avenue1872–1888200 / 61N/A[92]
Allegheny County Courthouse436 Grant Street1888–1902249 / 765[6]
Farmers Bank Building[A]301 Fifth Avenue1902–1910344 / 10527[93]
Oliver Building535 Smithfield Street1910–1912347 / 10625[43]
First National Bank Building[B]511 Wood Street at Fifth Avenue1912–1928387 / 11826[94]
Grant Building330 Grant Street1928–1932485 / 14840[26]
Gulf Building707 Grant Street1932–1970582 / 17744[18]
U.S. Steel Tower600 Grant Street1970–present841 / 25664[9]

Demolished skyscrapers[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

A. ^ This building was demolished in 1997 due to lack of tenants.[98]
B. ^ This building was demolished in 1970 to make room for One PNC Plaza.[99]

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