Building Profile

Council Chamber

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 and Edward Lee 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:  

After visiting the lobby of the Pittsburgh City-County Building, visitors will experience the Beaux Arts styled Chambers. 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, Office of the Mayor, and the rarely opened Pittsburgh Vault, containing 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 Mayor’s Office and City Council.

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 to itself for Pittsburgh’s Incorporation Centennial in 1916, the City-County Building was constructed from 1915-17.

This magnificent space was considered to be temporary! Now, 100 years later we happily open the doors to what we foresee as our permanent home, to the public.

Be sure to visit the the Mayor’s Office and the City vault while you are here!