Pittsburgh Central Downtown Historic District, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Central Downtown Historic District, Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Central Downtown Historic District, situated in the heart of Pittsburgh, serves as a reminder of the city's rich industrial and business past. It is characterized by a set of buildings from the late eighteenth century, which Hyman Myers, former chair of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board, highlighted as emblematic of Pittsburgh's rise as a prominent industrial and business hub during that time.

This district gained recognition on the National Register of Historic Places on December 17, 1985, originally comprising twenty-six buildings, twenty of which were deemed significant to its historical value. The initial list included various structures, ranging from small former residences dating back to the mid-19th century to notable architectural landmarks. Notably, the Frick Building and the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse not only contributed to the district's significance but also held individual listings on the National Register of Historic Places, emphasizing their historical and architectural importance.

Additionally, the district hosts other noteworthy buildings that enrich Pittsburgh's architectural landscape, such as the Gulf Tower, William Penn Hotel, Oliver Building, Mellon Square, August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Federal Reserve Bank Branch, Frank & Seder Building, Koppers Building, and Trinity Cathedral. Each of these structures adds to the district's narrative, showcasing different facets of Pittsburgh's commercial, cultural, and architectural evolution.

The Pittsburgh Central Downtown Historic District saw its boundaries expanded on May 2, 2013, recognizing its growing historical and cultural importance. This expansion safeguards the district's unique architectural heritage, showcasing Pittsburgh's evolution from an industrial hub to a vibrant business and cultural center, securing its legacy for future generations.

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Sight Name: Pittsburgh Central Downtown Historic District
Sight Location: Pittsburgh, USA (See walking tours in Pittsburgh)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

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