Market Square History
Milestones in the Life of Pittsburgh's Living Landmark
Way back when...
Market Square - 1796
Market Square - 1928
- 1784: Market Square, or the "Diamond," is part of the original plan of lots and streets laid out by George Woods and Thomas Vickroy, surveyors from Philadelphia.
- Mid-1790s: The first Allegheny County Courthouse is constructed in Market Square
- Mid-1910s: The Diamond Market is constructed, and for the first time, Diamond Street passes through the Square and intersects with Market Street. The Diamond Market occupies all four quadrants and has a roller skating rink on the top floor.
- 1961: The Diamond Market is demolished.
- 1972: Market Square is designated by the City as its first historic district.
- 1984: PPG Place is built. The five smaller buildings surrounding the 40-story structure are scaled back to keep with the Square's historic area
Source: Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, www.phlf.org.
Today's vibrant "town square"...
Market Square summer concerts
Brighter, livelier, more vibrant than ever—the renovated Market Square is highlighted by:
- 19 indoor and outdoor dining options, many open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour
- Great destination for business meetings
- Beautiful flowers and trees
- Tables to relax outside with a cup of coffee, free WiFi or a good book
- Historic architecture
- Special events including live music, children's programming, farmers market, and more
- Primary location for large-scale Downtown events including Light Up Night® and St. Patrick's Day
- Whether you're meeting friends for dinner and drinks, doing some shopping, soaking up the sun in the open air…Downtown’s ultimate destination is Market Square.