Pride of the Land

Robert  Buehner

Cleveland, United States

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Pittsburgh – I have a very definite hunger and penchant for all things that revert one back to the glory days of the midwest. Yes, I say midwest, as Pennsylvania is so wide that it is technically in two country regions. Philadelphia is undoubtedly the Atlantic Coast region and Pittsburgh is the official big city that starts the rust belt which includes Youngstown, Akron, Cleveland, Toledo and Detroit.
The city of Pittsburgh has in recent years, become a city of distinction when speaking of architectural heritage, substance, and value. Such structures as the BNY Mellon Center, Oxford Center, PPG Place, U. S. Steel Tower and Highmark Place, otherwise known as Fifth Avenue Place, have taken on legendary status among scores of skyscraper enthusiasts.
However, the golden age of skyscraper building, which usually is determined to be between 1900 and 1940, produced many magnificent examples of big city finance, charisma, and pride. Such buildings as the Oliver North, The Grant, The Coppers, and The Frick were erected in this significant architectural era.
Perhaps, the best, grandest, and definitively tallest skyscraper built in the early 1930’s was the 1932, 582 foot, 44 story Gulf Tower. It was built to house the national headquarters of the Gulf Oil Company and for many years stood as the towering downtown landmark of the ever growing city of Pittsburgh. Its distinctive pyramid like dome and “gulf ball” summit make it a highly recognizable spire in the now crowded hub of downtown Pittsburgh’s beautifully densely clustered central business district.

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