Father Pitt

Why should the beautiful die?

A Very Tall Building for 1888

The Hamilton Building stood at 91 and 93 Fifth Avenue, which, if the addresses are the same, would put it right about where the May Building is now. The owner, a dealer in pianos and cottage organs, was obviously very proud of its astounding height. But the skyscraper age was about to begin, and in a few years this would be just another inconsiderable storefront downtown, soon to be replaced by a skyscraper itself.

Source: Allegheny County: Its Early History and Subsequent Development, 1888.

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