Building Profile

The Park Building

355 Fifth Ave

Saturday: 10am-4pm

Neighborhood: Downtown

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes -

Side of building.

Restrooms Available: Yes


Design Matters

Industrialist David Park chose the celebrated New York architect George Post to build the first high rise in Pittsburgh with automatic elevators. The 15-story, Beaux Arts style building was completed in 1896, and is detailed with atlas figures called telamones, ornate columns and a circular elevator lobby. Post is also known for designing the enormous Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the New York Stock Exchange.

Your Experience:   People will experience some of the gorgeous architecture throughout the building including the marbled floor entrance, the cornice at the top of the building, and the various office suites located throughout.

Building Description:

The historic Park Building, was built by industrialists David and William Park in 1896. The 15-story Park Building is adorned by what Preservationists call “the most beautiful cornice east of the Mississippi”. The cornice detail depicts men in the kneeling position holding up the roof line of the building and is one of the stopping points in nearly every historical tour of downtown Pittsburgh. Situated at 355 Fifth Avenue in the hub of downtown at Fifth & Smithfield, the historic Park Building is the perfect location for your office. The Park Building offers a blend of rich history and modern convenience in a location that is close to major Downtown buildings, shops, restaurants, business services and parking. Neighbors include Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and the County Court House. Park Building is in the heart of the planned re-development of 5th Avenue.