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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Ten Things From Pittsburgh (That No Longer Exist)

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 4:46 PM

Nothing lasts forever—your favorite TV show, a good book, or that particular item on the menu. Change isn't always welcome, but the city of Pittsburgh has undeniably evolved over the decades. Let's take a moment to reflect on some of the things from Pittsburgh that now exist only in memories and photographs.

1. Civic Arena (Mellon Arena)

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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.

2. Three Rivers Stadium

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.

3. Steel Industry Dominance

While some steel mills still operate in the Pittsburgh area, there's no denying that the steel industry has largely moved away from Pittsburgh. A combination of factors led to the steel industry decline in Pittsburgh: cheaper labor overseas, issues with wage cuts and reforms, depleting coke and iron ore deposits, and issues with unions and management. The decline caused a depression in the Pittsburgh area during the 1980s marked by high unemployment and underemployment. Although the steel industry decline had a negative impact on the city's economy, Pittsburgh ultimately recovered and diversified. In many ways, the steel decline was a boon to the city, because it contributed to its development in other industries such as medicine and science.

4. The Old Mill

Kennywood has seen many a ride come and go, but one well-remembered ride of the past was The Old Mill. The Old Mill was constructed in 1899, but 1901 is the date cited by most sources as the ride's official public debut. The water ride was propelled by a large paddle wheel and had a small hill at the end. It was unofficially called the “Tunnel of Love." In 2004, the Old Mill was revamped as Garfield's Nightmare, but many complained that the ride lacked the spooky charm of its predecessor. Although the building remains intact, the Garfield redesign just doesn't hold the same nostalgic weight as The Old Mill.

5. Kaufmann's

Kaufmann's was a department store that was established in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was owned by the prominent businessman Edgar J. Kaufmann. At its prime, the chain had 59 stores in five states. On February 1, 2006, Macy's attained ownership of the retail chain and on Sept. 9 of that same year Macy's retired the Kaufmann's name. In 2015, Macy's closed and sold the iconic Pittsburgh store for redevelopment due to company reorganization. Many fondly remember Kaufmann's as an elegant department store. Kaufmann's took much pride in its store layout and design. The department store had iconic Christmas decorations that are well remembered by Pittsburgh natives.

6. The Original Pittsburgh Skyline

#Pittsburgh from the Air - 1931

Posted 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.

7. Jenkin's Arcade

Jenkins Arcade, where our story began

Posted by Alioto Salon Squisita on Saturday, September 26, 2015

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.

8. Saks Fifth Avenue

Our happy shoppers at Saks fifth avenue!!! NORA you paid what for those shoes!!!!!!!

Posted by Shannon Lauren Larson Euverman on Friday, October 29, 2010

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.

9. Candy-Rama

My bro sent me this I was spooked out like this is from like '97 #candyrama #steelcity #classic

Posted by Steno Gamble on Monday, January 6, 2014

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.

10. Pegasus/The Eagle

The original Pegasus sign that hung above 818 Liberty Avenue in downtown has been restored and mounted at the Delta...

Posted by Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh on Thursday, June 2, 2016

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.

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