Category: Downtown

  • Fifth Avenue Place Reflected in PPG Place

  • U. S. Steel Tower

  • McNally Building

    McNally Building

    The McNally Building on Penn Avenue was built in 1896. It is a good example of the kind of tall, narrow building that grew up in the early days of the elevator. But of course the most important thing about this picture is that it allows old Pa Pitt to indulge in his habit of photographing buses coming toward you.

  • Skyline from the South Side Slopes

    Skyline from the South Side Slopes

    The skyline of downtown Pittsburgh as seen from the back end of Warrington Avenue on the South Side Slopes.

    Skyline with more Slopes
    Slightly wider view
  • Do You Know This Face?

    If you are a Pittsburgher, you have probably seen it many times, but you may not have paid it much attention.

    It belongs to one of the atlantes—Atlas figures—on the Kaufmann’s clock.

  • 905 Liberty Avenue

    This exceptionally attractive industrial building is now—we really don’t have to say this, but we will anyway—loft apartments.

  • The Skyline in 1999

    Skyline in 1999

    Two negatives stitched together; they had quite different lighting, but with some yanking and prodding in the GIMP, old Pa Pitt was able to make the seam nearly invisible. At the far left, we can see a big plot of cleared ground where PNC Park is about to be built.

  • Renshaw Building


    The Renshaw Building at Liberty Avenue and Ninth Street was built in 1910, with an extra floor added to the top at some time in the modernistic era. It’s a perfect miniature skyscraper, with base, shaft, cap, and the outlined bosses’ floor above the main floor. There are some good terra-cotta decorations, especially around the Ninth Street entrance.

    Renshaw Building
    Nonth Street entrance
  • Logan-Gregg Hardware Co. Building

    Built in 1915 to a design by the prolific and versatile Charles Bickel, this is now part of the Creative and Performing Arts high school in the Cultural District, the rest of which has picked up on Bickel’s decorative stripes and made them the theme for the whole facility. The Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation says that “Classrooms flow from one building into the other,” which must make it difficult to know where your Theater Arts class is on any given day.

  • Regal Shoe Company Building

    An elegant little storefront designed by Alden & Harlow in 1908. It now houses a men’s clothing store.