See the city from up high! Ascend four historic Downtown skyscrapers for spectacular Pittsburgh panoramas. Learn the surprising stories behind these and many other multi-stories of yesteryear.
Koppers Tower: Survey the Strip District and neighboring Gulf and U.S. Steel towers from the 29th floor balcony of Andrew Mellon’s 1929 Art Deco masterpiece.
Oliver Building: The top-floor lounge of Chicago architect Daniel Burnham’s tallest skyscraper is the best vantage point to appreciate his extravagant architectural flourishes.
Union Trust Building: Crank up the vertigo as you peep over the railing down into the 10-story atrium, then get a close-up look at one of its rooftops “chapels.”
Benedum-Trees Building (visited during May tours only): See Market Square from the renovated rooftop deck of this 1906 Beaux-Arts beauty, one of the first skyscrapers commissioned by a woman
Keenan Building (visited during July tours only): Have a look under the baroque red dome of one of Pittsburgh’s most unusual landmark skyscrapers and learn its surprising history.
Tour Dates/Times: Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23; Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18. Tours are offered at 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm each day; tour length is 2 hours. Itinerary is subject to change.
Tour Starts: Koppers Building, 436 Seventh Ave, Downtown Pittsburgh
Tour Ends: Union Trust Building, 501 Grant St, Downtown Pittsburgh
Masks are required for entry. Tour group size is limited to encourage social distancing. 2 people per elevator; some stairs. The Benedum-Trees Building (visited during May tours only) is not wheelchair accessible, but the other 3 locations are.
Please reserve your tickets in advance.
Tour Host: Mark Houser is a Pittsburgh writer and speaker and the 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 most interesting and attractive landmark high-rises and researched the colorful personal tales of the magnates and power brokers who brought them into being. Houser has appeared on NPR, CNN, and FOX and given a TEDx Talk. His story about trying unsuccessfully to stop the future president of France from scorching his mouth on a habanero salsa nacho chip has been published in the New Yorker. www. HouserTalks.com