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Farmers Bank Building
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Alternative names Farmers Deposit National Bank Building
Rockwell-Standard Building
500 Wood Street
General information
Status Imploded
Type Commercial offices
Location 305 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Completed 1902
Renovated 1967
Demolished May 25, 1997
Owner Penzer Inc.
Management Penzer Inc.
Height
Roof 105.01 m (344.5 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 27
Design and construction
Architect Alden & Harlow

The Farmers Bank Building was a 27-story, 105 m (344 ft) skyscraper in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania completed in 1902 and demolished on May 25, 1997. The University of Pittsburgh's online digital library states the building was constructed in 1903 and had 24 stories. To a generation of Pittsburgh sports fans the building is well remembered for being resurfaced in the mid 1960 in a failed rehabilitation but also fondly for a 15 story high mural of Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski, Jack Lambert, Mean Joe Greene and Mario Lemieux completed in 1992 by Judy Penzer, who was killed in the crash of TWA Flight 800 four years later. For the five years the mural existed it was often the centerpiece for national networks cutting to or from games while they were in town for sporting events.

Rockwell International owned the building starting in the mid-1960s and used it as its global headquarters, selling it in early 1972 and consolidating its headquarters staff in the U.S. Steel Tower blocks away.

The building was imploded by Controlled Demolition, Inc. on the afternoon of May 25, 1997. In its place, a low-rise department store named Lazarus was built on the site. That building has since been extensively redesigned and now operates as a condominium development named Piatt Place.

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