Gateway Center 1,2,3

Submitted by Yin on Mon, 10/08/2012 - 07:09
Alternate Names: 
Architect Name: 
Eggers & Higgins Architects; Irwin Clavan Assoc. Architect
Additional Names: 
Equitable Life Insur. Developers
Date(s): 
These three Gateway Centers are built from 1950 to 1953
Neighborhood: 
Downtown Pittsburgh

Location

Point; Gateway Center 1: 420 Fort Duquesne Boulevard; Gateway Center 2: 603 Stanwix Street; Gateway Center 3: 401 Liberty Avenue
United States
40° 26' 32.6076" N, 80° 0' 18.6768" W

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 WestinghouseMellon Financial and other major corporations. [1] 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.
 
Bibliography

  • Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives: booklet, photographs, etc.
  • Records of Gateway Center (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Library and Archives, Heinz History Center
  • “Gateway Center.” Charette 31:44 (April 1951), cover, 9-12.
  • “Office towers in a Park...Gateway Center, the Eken-Dowling Equitable Life Slum Clearance Redevelopment at the Point of Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle.” Architectural Forum 99 (December 1953), 112-116.
  • Colker, Rachel Balliet. “Gaining Gateway Center: Eminent Domain, Redevelopment, and Resistance.”   Pittsburgh History 78:3 (1995), 134-144.
  • Birnbaum, Charles A.  Pioneers of American Landscape Design.  New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000.  [see Michael Rapuano entry]
  • Aurand, Martin.  The Spectator and the Topographical City.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006.
Entrance to Two Gateway Center
1 Gateway Center
2 Gateway Center
3 Gateway Center

Location

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