Good morning everyone! I hope that you all had a great weekend!
Today, as promised, we head back up to the top of the Steel Building in downtown Pittsburgh for some more sky high shots, specially of the iconic former home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Civic Arena. I posted an HDR that I took at the Pens game last Tuesday from CONSOL Energy Center of the Igloo, just after another of the roof panels had collapsed. In the above shot you can actually see what was left of that collapsed panel two days later, when this shot was taken. It really is amazing and a bit heart wrenching to see the Arena in this state, with little left inside but a handful of seats and a mass of crumbling concrete and steel. If you look close, just off to the right of the center of what is left of the Igloo you can see still see the corner of where the ice used to be, as it is rounded off around an orange backhoe. The view from street level is sad enough, but from 64 floors up, it is clear that the days of the Civic Arena are nearing an end.
So the first shot above was taken with a telephoto lens but for the second shot, the one directly above, I switched back over to the wide angle to capture both the Igloo and its successor as home of the Pens, CONSOL Energy Center. On the front of the building, the side with all the glass, you can see the name and logo of the state of the art structure. Just above that and to the left is the window that I captured the previous image of the Civic Arena that I posted last Wednesday. From this vantage point you can really see the difference between the two building, CONSOL being so much larger that its predecessor. True the dome on the Igloo added a fair amount of height, but there was little room, especially along the two concourses inside for movement among fans. While the new building certainly lacks the charm of the older in more ways than one, it does provide a substantial upgrade in terms of amenities for Pens fans.
Lastly we will zoom out just a little further for an all encompassing shot of the area above the arenas and beyond. Here you get a great perspective of the areas that lay just outside the city. In the bottom center you have the aforementioned arenas and to the left of them you have the interchange that takes you north of the city. This was taken just after 5:00 and you can see that some traffic is beginning to build, but it isn’t really that bad…yet. Above the Civic Arena you can see the Hill District, once a thriving center of culture for the city and there is hope that the city and the Hill District can be reunited to rekindle that. In the middle of the frame and along the left hand side you can see the Strip District, still a center of business and industry for the ‘Burgh and beyond that Lawrenceville and Bloomfield. Slightly right of center towards the upper middle of the shot you can see the Cathedral of Learning, located on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A few months back I made it up to the 36th floor of that building and when I looked down at it from 64 floors up, it looked like a little apartment building. To the right you will see the windy Monongahela River as it disappears along the South Side of Pittsburgh, underneath both the Birmingham (close with the green support) and Hot Metal (last bridge in the distance) Bridges. The Hot Metal is aptly named for when it connected two parts of the J&L Steel Mills, carrying molten steel from one side of the river to the other.
Thanks for sticking with me through this long post today! I will be featuring more shots from the top of the Steel Building throughout the week. See you all tomorrow!