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Two Faces of Urban Renewal: Gateway Center and Market Square Walking Tour (Downtown Pittsburgh)

May 21, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Tuesday, May 21, 2019  
Noon to 2:00 p.m.    

Separated by a few short blocks––but miles apart in design philosophy––Gateway Center and Market Square reveal two different approaches to urban renewal in Downtown Pittsburgh. Participants will discuss the pros and cons of each approach as they explore Gateway Center, created during Pittsburgh’s Renaissance (1945-1974), and the Market Square area which has evolved over time through the efforts of multiple developers. Gateway Center is now part of the Pittsburgh Renaissance Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and Market Square is a City-designated Historic District. Both districts contain significant architectural landmarks and urban spaces.

Fee: members $10; non-members $20
Paid reservations by Friday, May 17, 2019

Registration is limited to 40 people and advance paid reservations are or 412-471-5808, ext. 527. A maximum of 10 people will be in each walking tour group.

Meeting location: Gateway “T” Station on Stanwix Street near Liberty Avenue (Pittsburgh PA 15222)

Ending location:  350 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15222 (Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse)

Please note: Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour time. The terrain is relatively flat but the sidewalks are uneven at times. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. There are no restroom breaks during this tour. Before the tour begins, each participant will be asked to sign his/her name on a form indicating that he/she is “fully able to participate in this PHLF tour and assumes all risk of participation.” This tour is handicap accessible, although we appreciate knowing your needs 48 hours in advance. Please contact Mary Lu Denny: 412-471-5808, ext. 527; 

Public Transportation: 

  • Port Authority bus lines stop near the meeting and ending points. Call PAT for fares and schedules: 412-442-2000
  • Ride the T to Gateway Station and meet the PHLF docents at Liberty Avenue and Stanwix Street.


May 21, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633