The Pier, St. Petersburg’s iconic inverted pyramid, to be demolished in August via Archinect
The modernist five-story glass and steel structure was an attempt by city leaders to shake off the city’s image as a retirement destination. Even more radical was its inverted pyramid shape, chosen by architect William B. Harvard to make the most use of the limited space at the pierhead without blocking views of the city and Tampa Bay.
The design sparked as much controversy as the current Lens proposal, with skeptics quipping that the architect had his blueprint upside down. Over its 40-year life, though, The Pier won over many residents, rivaling the pelican logo as St. Petersburg’s most recognizable icon and stamping an indelible imprint on the city.
“It will be missed by a lot of people.”