Gulf Tower is one of Downtown Pittsburgh’s most distinct office buildings. Completed in 1932, the 40-story, Art Deco-style building at the corner of Grant Street and Seventh Avenue is named for the Gulf Oil Corporation.
The building’s pyramid top was modeled after the ancient Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in Turkey. During the 1970s, the unique feature was given neon lights that corresponded to the weather forecast. In 2001, the evening receptionist added to the tradition by flashing lights for home-runs during Pirates games.
It was recognized as a historic landmark by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation in 1973.
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