Heritage Architecture, Pittsburgh Photos

Between 1890 & 1910, Pittsburgh boomed first with local oil, then iron & steel industries, to become the second wealthiest American city, surpassed only by New York. This wealth is reflected in a long tradition of architecturally interesting commercial skyscrapers constrained in a triangular area between the Monongahela & Allegheny Rivers. Escarpments across the river from downtown provide skyline vistas.

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Heritage buildings Benedum-Trees by Thomas H. Scott, Investment by John Donn, & Arrott by Frederick J. Osterling in front of skyscrapers. Pittsburgh, PA.Heritage row of offices like Firstside Building & Riverview Place facing Monongahela River. Pittsburgh, PA.Oliver Building behind Park Building by George B. Post. Pittsburgh, PA.Allegheny County Courthouse tower. Pittsburgh, PA.
Heritage buildings Benedum-Trees (1905) (19 floors) by Thomas H. Scott, Investment (1927) (21 floors) by John Donn, & Arrott (1902) (18 floors) by Frederick J. Osterling in front of skyscrapers. Pittsburgh, PA.Heritage row of offices like Firstside Building & Riverview Place facing Monongahela River. Pittsburgh, PA.Oliver Building (1910) (535 Smithfield St.) (25 floors) behind Park Building (1896) (15 floors) by George B. Post. Pittsburgh, PA. Architect: D.H. Burnham & Company.Allegheny County Courthouse tower (250ft) (1888) (436 Grant St.) (5 floors). Pittsburgh, PA. Architect: Henry Hobson Richardson. On National Register.
Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts with Dominion & PNC Plaza towers. Pittsburgh, PA.Relief tiles around window of Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts. Pittsburgh, PA.Facade of Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts. Pittsburgh, PA.Omni William Penn Hotel with U.S. Steel Tower behind. Pittsburgh, PA.
Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts (1927 & 71) (former Loew's Penn Theater) with Dominion & PNC Plaza towers. Pittsburgh, PA.Relief tiles around window of Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts. Pittsburgh, PA.Facade of Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts. Pittsburgh, PA.Omni William Penn Hotel (1916) (530 William Penn Place) (18 floors) with U.S. Steel Tower behind. Pittsburgh, PA. Architect: Janssen & Abbott. On National Register.
One Mellon Center over Omni William Penn Hotel. Pittsburgh, PA.Kaufmann's Building. Pittsburgh, PA.Indian carving on Kaufmann's Building. Pittsburgh, PA.Lion carving on Kaufmann's Building. Pittsburgh, PA.
One Mellon Center (1983) (500 Grant St.) (54 floors) over Omni William Penn Hotel. Pittsburgh, PA. Architect: Welton Becket & Assoc..Kaufmann's Building (1898) (Fifth Ave.) (12 floors). Pittsburgh, PA. Architect: Charles Bickel.Indian carving on Kaufmann's Building. Pittsburgh, PA.Lion carving on Kaufmann's Building. Pittsburgh, PA.
Kaufmann's Department Store. Pittsburgh, PA.Tile details of cornice on Kaufmann's Department Store. Pittsburgh, PA.Tile details showing K & dolphins on Kaufmann's Department Store. Pittsburgh, PA.Tile columns on Kaufmann's Department Store. Pittsburgh, PA.
Kaufmann's Department Store (1913) (400 Fifth Ave.) (13 floors). Pittsburgh, PA. Architect: Janssen & Abbott.Tile details of cornice on Kaufmann's Department Store. Pittsburgh, PA.Tile details showing K & dolphins on Kaufmann's Department Store. Pittsburgh, PA.Tile columns on Kaufmann's Department Store. Pittsburgh, PA.
Kaufmann's Department Store Clock. Pittsburgh, PA.Portal detail of Heinz 57 Center. Pittsburgh, PA.Heinz 57 Center. Pittsburgh, PA.Spire of Smithfield United Church. Pittsburgh, PA.
Kaufmann's Department Store Clock. Pittsburgh, PA.Portal detail of Heinz 57 Center. Pittsburgh, PA.Heinz 57 Center (1914) (339 Sixth Ave.) (13 floors). Pittsburgh, PA. Architect: Starrett & Van Vleck.Spire of Smithfield United Church (1925-6). Pittsburgh, PA. Architect: Henry Hornbostel.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral spire 61m 200ft. Pittsburgh, PA.Oliver Building behind Trinity Episcopal Cathedral spire. Pittsburgh, PA.First Presbyterian Church. Pittsburgh, PA.Narrow granite building on Sixth Avenue. Pittsburgh, PA.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (1872) spire 61m 200ft (315 Shady Ave.). Pittsburgh, PA. Style: Gothic. Architect: Gordon Lloyd.Oliver Building (1910) (535 Smithfield St.) (25 floors) behind Trinity Episcopal Cathedral spire. Pittsburgh, PA. Architect: D.H. Burnham & Company.First Presbyterian Church (1903-5) (312 6th Ave.). Pittsburgh, PA. Architect: Theophilus P. Chandler.Narrow granite building on Sixth Avenue. Pittsburgh, PA.
The Bank Center. Pittsburgh, PA.Window archway & awning of The Bank Center. Pittsburgh, PA.Arrott Building with crenellated roofline. Pittsburgh, PA.Arrott Building with crenellated roofline. Pittsburgh, PA.
The Bank Center (307 Fourth Ave.) (16 floors). Pittsburgh, PA. Architect: Alden & Harlow.Window archway & awning of The Bank Center. Pittsburgh, PA.Arrott Building with crenellated roofline. Pittsburgh, PA.Arrott Building (1902) (401 Wood St.) (18 floors) with crenellated roofline. Pittsburgh, PA. Architect: Frederick J. Osterling.
Dollar Savings Bank Building. Pittsburgh, PA.Block House of Fort Pitt by British Colonel Henry Bouquet guards the tip of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA.

Dollar Savings Bank Building (1870). Pittsburgh, PA. Style: Beaux Arts. Architect: Isaac H. Hobbs& Sons.Block House of Fort Pitt (1764) by British Colonel Henry Bouquet guards the tip of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA.


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