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Grant Building

Posted in Architecture, Downtown by Dr. Boli on June 29, 2014


Henry Hornbostel’s only real skyscraper was briefly the tallest thing in Pittsburgh when it opened in 1929, before being surpassed two years later by the Gulf Building. It’s famous for the air beacon on top—red until recently, but now green to match the logo of the Huntington Bank—that flashes “Pittsburgh” all night in Morse Code. Behind and to the left, the building with three enormous arches is Hornbostel’s City-County Building.

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  1. […] (left) is one of only two classic skyscrapers in Pittsburgh with setbacks, the other being the Grant Building, which was under construction at the same […]

  2. Sean said, on September 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Here’s hoping that they’ve fixed the code!


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