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Tallest Buildings in Pittsburgh

The tallest buildings and skyscrapers located in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

These are the tallest buildings in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. All of these buildings are at least 500 feet in height and the tallest building in Pittsburgh is the 37th tallest building in the United States. Pittsburgh has a long history of great wealth due to all the industrial and banking companies that were founded in the city and that wealth is displayed in the skyscrapers in the city.

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Located at the junction of three rivers Pittsburgh has a beautiful skyline filled with tall majestic landmark buildings.

1) U.S. Steel Tower - 841 feet

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Located at 600 Grant Street the 841 foot high U.S. Steel Tower is the tallest building in Pittsburgh, the 4th tallest building in Pennsylvania and the 37th tallest building in the United States. Completed in 1970 the 64 story U.S. Steel Tower was built by the U.S. Steel Company which was formed in Pittsburgh by J.P. Morgan in 1901 as the largest company in the world at that time. Today U.S. Steel no longer owns the building but is still a large tenant.

2) BNY Mellon Center - 725 feet

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Located at 500 Grant Street the 725 foot high BNY Mellon Center is the 2nd tallest building in Pittsburgh, the 7th tallest building in Pennsylvania and the 98th tallest building in the United States. Built from 1982-1983 the 55 story BNY Mellon Center was the headquarters of Mellon Financial which was co-founded in 1869 in Pittsburgh by Andrew Mellon who would become Secretary of the Treasury of the United States from 1921-1932. Mellon Financial merged with the Bank of New York in 2007 but is still the major tenant in the BNY Mellon Center which is located downtown near the best hotels and restaurants in Pittsburgh.

3) PPG Place - 635 feet

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Located at 600 PPG Place is the 635 foot high PPG Place which is the 3rde tallest building in the city of Pittsburgh. Built from 1981 to 1984 the 40 floor PPG Place was built as the world headquarters for its main tenant PPG Industries which was founded in Pittsburgh in 1883. PPG Place is not the tallest building in the city but due to its unique top filled with tall glass spires it is far more distinctive than the two taller buildings in the city.

4) Fifth Avenue Place - 616 feet

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At 616 feet in height Fifth Avenue Place is the 4th tallest building in Pittsburgh. Completed in 1988 the 31 floor Fifth Avenue Place is sometimes called Highmark Place because Highmark is the major tenant in the building. Fifth Avenue Place is conveniently located near the best hotels and restaurants in the city.

5) One Oxford Centre - 615 feet

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At 615 feet in height One Oxford Centre is the 5th tallest building in the city and the tallest building in a connected complex of six look-alike buildings. Completed in 1983 the 46 floor One Oxford Centre was built and is owned by Oxford Development Company who built the skyscraper with many sides so they could charge tenants for as many corner offices as possible. The complex of buildings houses the retail mall The Shops of One Oxford and is located near the Sheraton, Westin, Doubletree and Marriott hotels in Pittsburgh.

6) Gulf Tower - 582 feet

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Located at 707 Grant Street the Gulf Tower is the 6th tallest building in the city at 582 feet in height. When completed in 1932 the 44 story Gulf Tower was the tallest building in Pittsburgh until the U.S. Steel Tower was completed in 1970. Gulf Tower stands out along the skyline due to its distinctive 1930's architectural style. The skyscraper was named for Gulf Oil Company which built the building as its headquarters.

7) Cathedral of Learning - 535 feet

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Located on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh is the 535 foot tall Cathedral of Learning tower. Completed in the early 1930's the 42 story Cathedral of Learning tower was built in Late Gothic Revival style and is the 2nd tallest educational building in the world. The Cathedral of Learning is open for tours and is a popular tourist attraction in Pittsburgh as one might imagine.

8) 525 William Penn Place - 520 feet

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525 William Penn Place is 520 feet high, has 41 floors and was completed in 1951 on the grounds of the old Hotel Henry.

9) K&L Gates Center - 511 feet

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Located at 210 6th Avenue the K&L Gates Center is 511 feet tall, has 39 floors and is named for its largest tenant the K&L Gates international law firm.

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Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_Pittsburgh

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Comments (1)

These are all beautiful buildings. Thanks for your follow-up series.