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PPG Place, Pittsburgh

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 130+ 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 saw it in the day and then went back at night to see this beautiful building. At night we sat in the courtyard by the fountain watching the lights and the water. A work of Art. It is not to be miss...  read more »
  • From every angle, the shimmering glass-enveloped building at One PPG Place that dominates Pittsburgh's skyline is especially memorable. Once headquarters for the Pittsburg Plate Glass (PPG) company, i...  read more »
  • It is a very particular place. To my made me according to a castle of tales. All buildings completed with the torrecitas and the reception of the buildings have much height, very cute. It has a nice square in the middle with jets of water and colored lights
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  • Had fun ice-scating here during the christmas.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful seasonal decorations and they have an ice rink
  • Beautiful buildings.
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