Union Trust Building

Client: The Davis Companies, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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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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


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

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