CREATIVE REUSE AND THE OUTDOOR LIVE MUSIC EXPERIENCE
Each year, the Thrival team looks to host our outdoor live music experience in transformed spaces that will provide concert-goers with a brand new experience — one that will leave a lasting impression on each and every one of our attendees. We have previously hosted Thrival Music in the early development days of Bakery Square and in 2015, we moved down to Hazelwood along the Monongahela River to the former home of LTV Coke and 178-acres of remediated brownfield now known as Almono.
In 2016, we're proud to partner with the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area to host Thrival Music at the historic Carrie Furnaces.
The History of Carrie Furnaces
Located in Swissvale and Rankin, PA and towering over the Monongahela River, constructed of 2.5" thick steel plate and lined with refractory brick, the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark blast furnaces are extremely rare examples of pre World War II iron-making technology. Since the collapse of the region's steel industry in the 1970s and 1980s, the furnaces are the only extant pre-WWII blast furnaces left and stand as sentinels to Pittsburgh's steel heritage.
Opened as independent Iron Plant in 1884, the blast furnace site was purchased by the Carnegie Steel Company in 1898 to provide iron for their Homestead Works, located across the Monongahela River. Carrie Furnaces #6 and #7 were opened in 1907 and produced iron for the Homestead Works until 1978. At their height of production, the two furnaces consumed approximately four tons of raw materials comprised of iron ore, coke, and limestone for every ton of iron produced. The cooling system for the blast furnace required over five million gallons of water a day. These furnaces reached their peak production in the 1950s and 1960s when they were each producing 1250 tons of iron per day.
The Carrie Furnaces were declared a National Historic Landmark site in 2006 and are managed by the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area (www.riversofsteel.com).
Public tours of the Carrie Furnaces run on Saturdays and Sundays, May and through October; and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June - August. Private tours can be made by appointment year round.