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PPG Place, Pittsburgh
(4.3/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
PPG Place is a complex in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, consisting of six buildings within three city blocks and five and a half acres. Named for its anchor tenant, PPG Industries, who initiated the project for its headquarters, the buildings are all of matching glass design consisting of 19,750 pieces of glass. The complex centers on One PPG Place, a 40-story office building. Groundbreaking ceremonies occurred on January 28, 1981. The complex buildings opened between 1983 and 1984, and a dedication ceremony took place on April 11, 1984. Total cost of construction was $200 million. The buildings were sold by The Hillman Company to Highwoods Properties in 2011.ConstructionThe project was started by PPG Industries to serve as the company's headquarters, after being based in Downtown Pittsburgh since 1895. The company contracted the project to architect Philip Johnson and his partner John Burgee. Designed in the neogothic style but with modern innovations, the complex had many inspirations, including London's Victoria Tower, and H.H. Richardson's Allegheny County Courthouse and Charles Klauder's Cathedral of Learning in Pittsburgh. Before the building was constructed, an 8-foot-tall, 600 pound model was pieced together in Tarentum, Pennsylvania by Renato "Reno" Chieruzzi in the basement of his home. Glass for the model was cut at the Ford City PPG works.
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  • We were walking around downtown Pittsburgh and found an ice rink. The tree and surrounding buildings gives it a magical feeling. 
  • We happened upon the ice skating rink while visiting downtown. The price to skate was very reasonable, so we let our kids try out ice skating, they loved it! The setting is beautiful with a large, dec...  more »
  • PPG place has an impressive holiday tree display along with a skating rink one can hop one. Rentals are apparently available. I am not aware of any building tours per se but the outside is a possible ...  more »
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  • I had an opportunity to be in PPG industries commercial building in 2004, it is an awesome place to see an enjoy the beautiful city of Pittsburgh.
  • Had fun ice-scating here during the christmas.
  • The PPG Place is my favorite building in Pittsburgh because it looks like a castle tower, and is a magical place for Christmas, with the Wintergarden and closeby skating rink.
  • Heart of the city!
  • Beautiful seasonal decorations and they have an ice rink