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Strada means “street” in Italian. Streets matter to us. They’re the fundamental infrastructure of our cities and the core of our civic lives. They’re the connections between buildings, people, and public spaces. This is why we’re so inspired by them and it’s a shared commitment to these values that brought our principals together. Just as people mingle on city streets, our office is a place where we freely exchange ideas, challenging and inspiring one another to create exceptional work.

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Strada Elevates Five Stradistas!

06.2022

The future is bright at Strada. The firm is committed to turning visions to reality and helping to shape new places across the nation.

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Restoration and replicas complete, lions once again guard bank

06.2013Building
By Strada

The fountain at the point isn’t the only icon of downtown Pittsburgh that returned this month – the pair of lions of Dollar Bank also reappeared on their pedestals. Below is a timeline for these giants of Fourth Avenue.

1843  Max Kohler, who would become a stone mason and emigrate to Pittsburgh, was born in Germany.
1871  Kohler completed the on-site carving of the brownstone lions in front of the Fourth Avenue Dollar Bank, the company’s flagship branch.
1906  Two wings were added to the bank.
1908  A survey completed as part of Pittsburgh’s Sesquicentennial recorded 102 chartered banks and trust companies in this district, where the volume of transactions rivaled that of New York’s Wall Street.

2009  The original lions were removed from their pedestals and shipped to McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory in Oberlin, Ohio for restoration.
2012  The original lions were returned to the site and installed indoors. Strada worked with Dollar Bank to design and structure new marble pedestals for the restored lions, which weigh over 9,000 pounds each (pictured below).
2013  A new duo of lions, sculpted from Berkshire brownstone by Nicholas Fairplay (also of Oberlin), was ceremoniously unveiled along with new pedestals in front of the bank. The new sculptures exhibit the same relaxed poses and precise details of the originals that now sit inside.

Visitors are welcome to enter the bank during business hours to peruse the old lions. Strada continues to work with Dollar Bank to document and restore the bank’s interior, which is considered by historians to be the best-preserved 19th century banking space in Pittsburgh.

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Strada Elevates Five Stradistas!

06.2022People
By StreetTalk Editor

The future is bright at Strada. The firm is committed to turning visions to reality and helping to shape new places across the nation.
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Transforming Buildings and Spaces for Life Sciences

04.2022Design, Ideas, Places, Stradistas POV
By George Poulin, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Working with researchers to design their facilities is a highly satisfying process. We’ve been fortunate to work within many of Philadelphia’s most iconic buildings to create spaces to foster the next generation of scientific discovery.
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