Mellon National Bank Building

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Mellon National Bank Building
Mellon National Bank Building Pittsburgh.jpg
Mellon National Bank Building is located in Pittsburgh
Mellon National Bank Building
Location of Mellon National Bank Building in Pittsburgh
Location500 Smithfield Street (Downtown), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Coordinates40°26′25.26″N 79°59′53.36″W / 40.4403500°N 79.9981556°W / 40.4403500; -79.9981556Coordinates: 40°26′25.26″N 79°59′53.36″W / 40.4403500°N 79.9981556°W / 40.4403500; -79.9981556
CPHD designatedJuly 1999[1]
PHLF designated1976[2]

Mellon National Bank Building (also known as Lord & Taylor Department Store) at 514 Smithfield Street in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was completed in 1924 after Mellon acquired the property in August 1916 from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad which had their regional offices on the site.[3] Prior to the B&O office the site was the original home to the city's first public high school (Central High) which opened in the fall of 1855;[4] the Classical styled building was designed by architects Trowbridge & Livingston with Edward Mellon. It was added to the List of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmarks in 1976,[2] and the List of City of Pittsburgh historic designations in July 1999.[1]

On July 30, 1999 May & Co. bought the structure for $9.250 million from Mellon ending branch services at the site.[5] The building was converted into a multi-level department store despite the protests of historical preservationists, it opened as Lord & Taylor on November 1, 2000 after a $12 million refurbishment (17.5 million in 2018 dollars).[6]

On May 31, 2012 PNC Financial Services purchased the structure after Lord & Taylor closed in 2004.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Local Historic Designations". Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
  2. ^ a b Historic Landmark Plaques 1968-2009 (PDF). Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
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