Building Profile

Pittsburgh City-County Building

414 Grant Street

Saturday: 10am-4pm
Sunday: 10am-4pm

Neighborhood: Downtown

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes -

Ross Street entrance between Forbes and Fourth Avenues.

Restrooms Available: Yes


Design Matters

Henry Hornbostel designed this Beaux Arts public building with elements of the City Beautiful Movement (built 1915-1917). He also designed most of the furniture, much of which is still in use today. A prolific architect with more than 225 buildings to his name, Hornbostel was also the architect of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now CMU).

Your Experience:  

Visitors will experience the Beaux Arts styled Chamber. Take note of the plastered ceilings that list the municipalities of Pittsburgh. See original painted canvas panels. In addition, visitors can explore the Hall of Mayors and the rarely opened Pittsburgh Vault, containing the the city’s archives.

Building Description:

The City of Pittsburgh is proud to open the doors of the historic City-County Building to the public, allowing a unique behind the scenes look at the seat of Pittsburgh's government – including the rarely seen State Rooms of the the Mayor and City Council of Pittsburgh.

Built from 1915-17, the City-County Building was designed by renowned architects Henry Hornbostel & Edward Lee as the 3rd seat of government for the City Of Pittsburgh. A gift from itself for Pittsburgh’s Incorporation Centennial in 1916, this magnificent building was considered to be temporary! Now, 100 years later we happily open the doors to our permanent home to the public.

Be sure to visit the Council Chamber and the Office of the Mayor while you are here!