The Gateway Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a high-rise building complex with 1,500,000 square feet (140,000 m2) of office space in five buildings. The plans developed during World War II to redevelop the dense and "blighted" forks of the Ohio River into both Point State Park and a "Gateway" of offices. It was announced as fully financed on September 21, 1949 when the Equitable Insurance Co. of New York agreed to underwrite the project after securing lease agreements from Westinghouse, Mellon Financial and other major corporations. Although mainly a run down warehouse district the Center did require the demolition of the 1904 Beaux Arts 11 floor Wabash Pittsburgh Terminal. The original three nearly identical buildings were completed in 1952. The Wyndham Grand Hotel was added in 1959 and the final office building was completed in 1960. Gateway Center was purchased in 2004 by Hertz Investment Group, a Los Angeles, California, based real estate investment company, for US$55 million. Eggers & Higgins, architects on the Thomas Jefferson Memorial were the architects for the first three buildings, One, Two and Three Gateway Center.
In May 2013, the National Park Service designated a historic district named the "Pittsburgh Renaissance Historic District" in downtown Pittsburgh, and the Gateway Center buildings were included in the district as some of its major contributing properties.
List of buildings
- One Gateway Center (1952)
- Two Gateway Center (1952)
- Three Gateway Center (1952)
- Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown (1959)
- Four Gateway Center (1960)
The United Steelworkers building is sometimes called "Five Gateway Center".
- Dollar Bank, corporate headquarters in Three Gateway Center
- BodyMedia Inc., corporate headquarters in One Gateway Center
- KDKA-TV studios in One Gateway Center (CBS Broadcast Center Pittsburgh).
- Industrial Appraisal Company, corporate headquarters in Two Gateway Center
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- WEEKLY LIST OF ACTIONS TAKEN ON PROPERTIES: 4/29/13 THROUGH 5/03/13, National Park Service, 2013-05-10. Accessed 2013-05-13.
- Ricketts, Laura C., et al. National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Pittsburgh Renaissance Historic District. National Park Service, 2012-09.
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