Multi-stories: Skyscrapers and the Tycoons That Built Them

Multi-stories: Skyscrapers and the Tycoons That Built Them

Back when skyscrapers were a new invention, business tycoons in Pittsburgh and across the country invested in this new form of high tech to proclaim their power. Learn about some key Pittsburgh buildings with fascinating back stories.

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This story was recorded on July 11, 2020.

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Mark Houser is a Pittsburgh writer and speaker and author of the new book MultiStories: 55 Antique Skyscrapers & the Business Tycoons Who Built Them. He has traveled across the country and beyond in search of the world’s best landmark tall buildings, and he regularly offers a popular Antique Skyscraper Rooftops & Views tour for DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh. Houser has appeared on NPR, CNN, and FOX and given a TEDx Talk about the history of bridges and life of John Roebling. His website is


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