Mellon Institute Of Industrial Research

4400 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 [ map ] [ website ]
Phone: 412-268-7699


Founded in 1913 by noted bankers and brother Andrew W. Mellon (1855-1937) and Richard B. Mellon (1855-1932),
this building housed an institution that was a forerunner of what is now Carnegie-Mellon University.

Designed by architect Benno Janssen (18741964), the building is noted for its neo-classical architecture and its signature monolithic limestone columns which are the largest in the world. This facade has often been used as a location by visiting filmmakers.

Today this magnificent building houses various Carnegie-Mellon University science departments. The 150-seat auditorium is sometimes used for events by outside groups.

Hours of operation

The offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Parking is available nearby in a garage on Dithridge Street, which connects with Fifth Avenue.

Bus routes that serve this area

  • 71A - Negley
  • 71C - Wilkinsburg - East Liberty
  • 71D - Hamilton
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