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Highest Honor: American Architecture Award Winners Revealed

07/11/2018 By Michael Leonard

The Union Trust Building in Pittsburgh has been honored with a 2018 American Architecture Award for building restoration, the nation’s highest public award given by a non-commercial, non-trade affiliated, public arts, culture and educational institution.

“It was our goal to invite people in and bring vibrant energy back into the building, its surrounding streets and parks,” stated Jonathan Davis, CEO of The Davis Companies and Pittsburgh native. “It is a great honor to be recognized by the American Architecture Awards committee for turning one of city’s most historic and inspired buildings back to its turn-of-the-century grandeur.”

Among Modern & Historic American Architecture Greatness

Of the 100 shortlisted buildings, only 3 of the Awards were given for the preservation of historically significant American buildings, including the Union Trust Building in Pittsburgh, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois. Originally designed by Frederick John Osterling (1915-1916), the award for The Union Trust Building was presented to Elkus Manfredi Architects for their detailed, innovative design in restoring and re-envisioning the 100+-year-old structure.

Constructed in 1915 by industrialist Henry Clay Frick, the Union Trust Building’s Flemish-Gothic design makes it a prominent piece of Pittsburgh’s architectural heritage. The Davis Companies purchased the building in March 2014 and invested $100 million to rejuvenate its historic charm and features with modern amenities.