PPG Place, Pittsburgh

PPG Place, Pittsburgh (must see)

Architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee designed PPG Place in 1981. The Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, as it was originally known, spans more than five acres and three city blocks. It is an outstanding architectural marvel that is easily recognized by its highly reflective surface and more than 200 glass spires.

PPG Place is made up of six buildings of varying sizes and heights. The tallest is One PPG Place. Standing at 40 stories, it is the third highest in Pittsburgh. The second tallest of the buildings is Six PPG Place, which is 14 stories tall. The other four buildings each stand at six floors.

One PPG Place is not just the tallest but also the most well known. A popular portion of One PPG Place is the Wintergarden, which is attached at the ground level. This event space has vaulted glass ceilings that allow the indoor garden to remain fresh and green throughout the year. Visitors can walk through the Wintergarden or stop to enjoy a cup of coffee.

Along with the buildings is PPG Plaza. This outdoor space includes a 140 jet fountain that has sprays that reach up to 15 feet in height. The fountain operates from 6 AM to 10 PM daily from March through October. In the winter months the plaza is converted into a 6,000 square foot skating rink.

Why You Should Visit:
- To see the "Crown Jewel of the Pittsburgh Skyline"
- To admire the glass spires that top the buildings
- To enjoy special events like carriage rides and art exhibits

Tips:
PPG Place is a working office complex. As such, the bulk of the beauty lies in the building's facade. Enjoy walking around the buildings and through the plaza, but don't worry about spending time inside.

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Sight Name: PPG Place
Sight Location: Pittsburgh, USA (See walking tours in Pittsburgh)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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