Grant Building, Pittsburgh

Grant Building, Pittsburgh

The Grant Building is located on and named for Pittsburgh's Grant Street, which has historically been the hub of the city's corporate and governmental operations. The Grant Building was completed in 1930 and it has thirty-seven floors. It rises 485 feet (148 m) above downtown Pittsburgh. The art deco building's facade is built with Belgian granite, limestone, and brick.

It was famous for a radio antenna that rose roughly 100–150 feet from the roof of the tower which had an aviation beacon that spelled out P-I-T-T-S-B-U-R-G-H in Morse Code. The beacon could be seen as far away as 150 miles (240 km) on clear nights. A smaller version of the beacon, still flashing out the name of the city remains to this day, although malfunctions with the older technology have caused it to spell Pittsburgh as "P-I-T-E-T-S-B-K-R-R-H". As of July 27, 2009, the beacon was repaired and it again spells out Pittsburgh.

The tower on the roof also served as the broadcast antenna for radio station KDKA Pittsburgh. The radio station made its first broadcast from the building's third floor.

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Sight Name: Grant Building
Sight Location: Pittsburgh, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Pittburgh Downtown Architecture Walk  

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