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Fifth Avenue Place (Pittsburgh)

Fifth Avenue Place
View of Fifth Avenue Place from Mount Washington
General information
Type Office
Location 120 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh
Construction started 1985
Completed 1988
Cost $100 million ($227 million today)[2]
Roof 616 ft (188 m)
Technical details
Floor count 31
Design and construction
Architect Stubbins Associates
Developer Hillman Associates

Fifth Avenue Place (originally "Hillman Tower", sometimes called Highmark Place for its major tenant) is a skyscraper in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. United States.

The building was completed in 1988 and it has 31 floors. Located at the corner of Liberty Avenue and Fifth Avenue, it rises 616 feet (188 m) above Downtown Pittsburgh. The structure is made up of a unique granite frame for roughly the first 450 feet (140 m), then collapses inward in a pyramidal shape for another 124-foot-tall (38 m) roof structure. The roof utilizes four prisms clad in granite and encloses a penthouse area that stores the mechanics for the building as well as the cooling towers. Before Highmark's branding of the top of the tower, there were video screens at the base of the decorative summit of the building.

Protruding from the top of the skyscraper is a 178-foot-tall (54 m) mast manufactured by Meyer Industry of Minnesota. Despite its rounded appearance, the 13-story steel structure is actually 12-sided and measures four feet in diameter. Due to high winds, the mast allows for up to three feet of sway. The height at the top of the mast represents the intended height for the building when it was in development. However, the city decided that that height would not fit in well with the skyline, so the height of the main structure was restricted to what it is today.[1]

Commercial space on two floors

See also


  1. ^
  • Toker, Franklin (2007). Buildings of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh: Chicago: Society of Architectural Historians; Santa Fe: Center for American Places ; Charlottesville: In association with the University of Virginia Press.  

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Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Emporis
Preceded by
Oxford Centre
Pittsburgh Skyscrapers by Height
616 feet (188 m)
31 floors
Succeeded by
PPG Place
Preceded by
EQT Plaza
Pittsburgh Skyscrapers by Year of Completion
Succeeded by
Three PNC Plaza

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