Exploring the Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection Photographs


At the close of World War II, Pittsburgh stood on the cusp of a series of expansive urban renewal projects that would remake the city's landscape over the coming decades. Known collectively as Renaissance I, these initiatives intended to spur economic growth following the war, dramatically transformed several neighborhoods and dislocated scores of residents in the process. The flurry of building activity included the construction of the Gateway Center, Point State Park, and the Civic Arena. The Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection (BBI) Photographs provide a glimpse into the city as it existed on the eve of the Renaissance.
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