Fifth Avenue Place is surprisingly unsubtle for a design by much-respected postwar modernist Hugh Stubbins. Its overscaled windows, arbitrary jumps between glass- and granite-paneled outer skin, and uninspired crowning pinnacle are unavoidable blemishes in the first view any Pittsburgh visitor gets coming in from the airport. The adjacent old Joseph Horne department store at the northeast corner of Stanwix Street and Liberty Avenue (1892, 1900, W. S. Fraser; 1922, Peabody and Stearns of Boston) was remodeled as an office block in the mid-1990s and renamed Penn Avenue Place. The configuration left the Beaux-Arts exterior of the old store intact as a dignified visual anchor to the downtown, but much compromised by neighboring Fifth Avenue Place.
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