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1 PPG Place photograph.
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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1 PPG Place photograph.
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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1 PPG Place photograph.
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
This image is available as a print or poster.

1 PPG Place photograph.
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
This image is available as a print or poster.

1 PPG Place photograph.
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
This image is available as a print or poster.

1 PPG Place photograph.
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
This image is available as a print or poster.

1 PPG Place photograph.
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
This image is available as a print or poster.

1 PPG Place photograph.
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
This image is available as a print or poster.

1 PPG Place photograph.
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
This image is available as a print or poster.

1 PPG Place photograph.
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
This image is available as a print or poster.

1 PPG Place photograph.
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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One PPG Place

Built: 1981-1984
Designed by: Johnson/Burgee Architects
Type: Skyscraper
Stories: 40
Maximum Height: 635 feet / 194 meters
Location: 1 PPG Place, Pittsburgh, United States
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O n its face, this building is impressive simply because of its sheer size. Somehow it manages to look like it has much more glass cladding than buildings of a similar size. This is appropriate, because it is the headquarters for PPG Industries, formerly known as the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. Once known only as a smoky, soot-coated center of urban factories, the skies over Pittsburgh have since cleared and the water is somewhat clearer. The smokestack, steel, and coal industries have moved on leaving the city to reinvent itself as a center of technology and new, cleaner, industries. PPG is one of the city's oldest and largest companies, and this building provides a symbolic link between the old city, and the city Pittsburgh has become. Physically, the building was inspired by Victoria Tower, the lesser known of the two towers that frame the Houses of Parliament in Westminster (for a detailed description and photograph, click here). But at 635 feet, you would never know it from the ground where its glass fašade blends in well with the new urban metropolis. It's only from one of the city's famous overlooks that you can see this building's true detail, a glass Gothic tower that pays homage the company and city's history while embracing the future.

  • Architect: Philip Johnson
  • Architect: John Burgee
  • Vanity address: 1 PPG Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222

  • January 28, 1981: Groundbreaking
  • August, 1983: The offices open
  • April 11, 1984: The official ribbon-cutting ceremony is held.
  • November, 1984: PPG Place retail spaces open for business.
  • 1999: PPG Place was sold for $185,586,420.

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