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Gulf Tower from Frank Curto Park

Posted in Architecture, Downtown by Dr. Boli on September 11, 2014

The Gulf Tower, with the Koppers Tower (left) and partly completed Tower at PNC Plaza (right). As time goes on, every skyscraper that used to be a “building” changes its name to “tower.”

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The Tower at PNC Plaza, August, 2014

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

The skeleton is in place and the sides are filling in.

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Sunset from Schenley Park

Posted in Downtown, Nature by Dr. Boli on July 14, 2014


Storm clouds passing over the city gave us rain and these beautiful views.




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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Patterns in the Skyline

Posted in Architecture, Downtown by Dr. Boli on June 16, 2014


A jumble of modernist buildings downtown, seen from Point State Park.


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