Constructed in 1961, the concept for the Civic Arena was developed by department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann. It was the first retractable roof venue for major-sports in the world, and it covered 170,000 square feet. The building was constructed from Pittsburgh steel and was supported by a large arm on the exterior. In 2001, the roof was closed permanently. Although the Civic Arena hosted concerts, political rallies and religious gatherings, it's best known for being home to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The arena was affectionately called the Igloo. Currently, the space is being used as a parking lot for the PPG Paints Arena, but there are plans to redevelop the space as an entertainment complex.
From 1970 to 2000, Three Rivers Stadium hosted football and baseball games in the city of Pittsburgh. It was home to the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1971, Three Rivers Stadium hosted the World Series. Another relic of the past, the Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League, played at the stadium from 1983 to 1984. After its closing, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers moved into PNC Park and Heinz Field, respectively. The stadium lives on through individuals that purchased seats before demolition, and you may even discover one at your neigborhood restaurant or bar.
#Pittsburgh from the Air - 1931Posted by The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating History of Pittsburgh on Wednesday, February 21, 2018
The evolution of the city has meant drastic changes to the Pittsburgh skyline. Starting in the 1970s, there was a desire to beautify the city and clean up its image. Formerly, the Point was overrun with old buildings, railroad tracks, vacant lots and trash. City organizers demolished the empty buildings, cleaned up the site and built a park with a fountain that has become iconic to the city's image. The U.S. Steel Building and PPG Building became notable additions to the skyline. The spired, Gothic roof of the PPG Building has become an iconic feature of the cityscape.
Many call Jenkin's Arcade the "OG" shopping mall, because the arcade was offering Pittsburgh residents a multi-level shopping and dining experience well before the rise of malls in America. The building opened in 1911 on Stanwix Street between Penn Ave. and Liberty Ave. Jenkin's Arcade was opulent, and it was made a historic landmark in 1972. Unfortunately, the building's historic status did not save it from demolition in 1984. The building was destroyed to make way for the Fifth Avenue Place Skyscraper.
Saks Fifth Avenue provided quality retail to Pittsburgh residents for 60 years. The department store closed after it was unable to negotiate an agreement with the city on needed improvements. Although the chain exists in other areas of the country, this iconic staple of downtown Pittsburgh has officially moved into the history books.
For 50 years, Candy-Rama created unforgettable gourmet confections. The store developed a reputation for its quality sweets, and it had its share of regular customers. For many Pittsburghers, the store was part of their childhoods, and they passed that tradition along to their children. Unfortunately, the store's reputation could not save it from rising rents. It closed for good in 2007.
Once a popular spot for gay men in downtown Pittsburgh, the Pegasus bar closed in 2009. The spot had hosted many drag acts through the years. The owner attempted to find success at a new North Side location called the Eagle. Unfortunately, he was unable to recapture the spark of the original bar. At a time when being open was not easy, Pegasus offered an escape for Pittsburgh's gay scene.