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1983, Hellmuth, Obata, Kassabaum (HOK). 301 Grant St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

This mixed-use development accommodates a retail atrium at street level, with an adjoining parking garage, social club, and athletic center. Over this base sit four interlocking octagons paneled in silver-painted aluminum and glass, reaching a height of forty-six stories. The stylistic flair of Oxford Centre finds no specific counterpart among the staid older buildings of Grant Street, but the geometric clarity of the octagonal towers is analogous to the more sober buildings, and the generous outlay of public space at the base makes Oxford the best stylistic “good neighbor” among all the post–World War II buildings downtown.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.



  • 1983


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Oxford Centre", [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 46-46.

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