Triangle - 1983
These photos show Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle from the fall of 1982 through January 1984. This was a time of major change in the downtown area. The light rail transit subway was under construction and three towering new skyscrapers were rising towards the clouds. The U.S. Steel, the City's signature building would soon by joined by PPG Place, Mellon Bank Tower and Oxford Centre. This was a time commonly referred to as Mayor Richard S. Caligiuri's Renaissance II. The three gleaming skyscrapers were all completed by the spring of 1984. A fourth tower, Fifth Avenue Place would soon follow, in 1988, to complete the stunning transformation of the Pittsburgh skyline.
Tower Construction Photos 1982-1984
The Golden Triangle in 1985
The Golden Triangle in 1988
Oxford Center, located on Grant Street near the City-County Building, opened in 1983. Plans for a second tower were abandoned in the mid-1980s. Another proposal for development of these lots was for the construction of an alternate set of skyscrapers that would have been known as Grant Plaza.
The proposed Grant Plaza would have consisted of twin towers with a 190,000 square foot glass-enclosed atrium connecting the buildings. The indoor garden at plaza level would have linked shops and restaurants within the buildings. The remainder of the towers would have consisted of office space. The $100 million complex, situated between Grant and Smithfield Streets, would have also included a five-level, 1000 car underground parking garage. The Grant Plaza proposal was abandoned in favor of the Oxford Centre project.
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