Union Trust Building

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Client: The Davis Companies

Having grown up in Pittsburgh, I have marveled at the Union Trust Building’s stunning design since childhood. Elkus Manfredi’s vision for the building enabled us to overcome the obstacles and transform it into a stunning and successful business destination, known not only for its grandeur and sense of dignity, but for its warmth, vitality and contemporary functionality. With Elkus Manfredi as a key partner, it’s beyond fulfilling to have realized the great potential of the property and to propel it into the future as a key part of the dynamic renaissance that the city is currently experiencing.”

Jon Davis

CEO, The Davis Companies

Project Description

  • Originally built in 1918 and filling a full city block in downtown Pittsburgh, this long-neglected Flemish Gothic masterpiece has been restored and repositioned, its interiors transformed from a drab pass-through into a vibrant work/play destination.
  • The extensive modernization program incorporates new energy-efficient HVAC and electrical systems, 12 upgraded elevators, below-grade parking for 190 cars, and renovation of the four tenant entries.
  • Highlights include repairs to the sandstone façades, terra-cotta-tiled mansard roof, and interior marble floors and walls; restoration of the 40-foot-diameter Tiffany glass dome; and the addition of spectacular custom-designed hand-tufted carpeting throughout the public spaces.

Photographer: Andrew Bordwin (interiors), Robert Benson (exteriors)

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Union Trust was so much more than an historic restoration of this unique example of Flemish Gothic architecture; the sustainability aspect of this project was of equal importance. The fact that we could reposition a building of this era to successfully compete with new construction in today’s market was immensely gratifying.”

Ross Cameron RIBA

Vice President, Architectural Designer, Elkus Manfredi Architects

CT Nguyen

Working in historic buildings always has its challenges, but sometimes you find treasures. Where someone may see a dusty mechanical space, unusable with trusses running through the middle, we see a dynamic fitness center, filled with character showcasing the heritage of the ‘Steel City.’”

CT Nguyen

Interior Designer, Elkus Manfredi Architects


Design Award of Honors – Restoration

Society of American Registered Architects (SARA), New York Council, 2018


American Architecture Award – Restoration/Renovation

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, 2018


Reconstruction Awards – Gold

Building Design + Construction, 2017


Certificate of Merit – Historic Preservation

AIA Pittsburgh, 2017


Winner in Architectural Design – Restoration & Renovation

The American Architecture Prize, 2017


Longlist Finalist – Workplace

World Architecture News, 2017


Longlist Finalist – Workspace Interiors

World Interiors News, 2017

Union Trust Roofer Corner Detail
Union Trust Atrium View From Above
Union Trust Dome
Union Trust Lobby Detail