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Burke Building, Fourth Avenue


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The Burke Building at 209 Fourth Avenue is the oldest surviving building in Downtown Pittsburgh. It was built in 1836 by architect John Chislett for attorneys Andrew and Robert Burke. The English architect was one of the city's prominent architects, although only three of his structures are still standing. They include the Butler Street gateway to the Allegheny Cemetery and the Widows and Orphans Society of Allegheny City building on the North Side. The Greek revival style Burke Building survived the great fire of 1845.

(April 28, 1935 photograph courtesy of Archives Service Center/University of Pittsburgh; contemporary photograph by Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)

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