RESTORING THE JEWEL OF OAKLAND
The Pittsburgh Athletic Association, once a favored retreat of Mister Rogers for his fitness routine, is a stunning architectural gem reminiscent of a 16th-century Venetian Renaissance Palace. Designed by the renowned architect Benno Janssen, who received training in Paris, this 110-year-old building showcases exquisite exterior details such as athletic motifs, decorative medallions, and depictions of wrestlers.
Following a meticulous restoration process, the lobby, dining area, meeting rooms, and reception spaces have been lovingly revived to their former grandeur. The remaining sections will be transformed into modern office spaces, seamlessly blending old-world charm with contemporary functionality. Strada, adhering to the stringent standards set by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, has added a touch of innovation to this historic landmark.
Notable enhancements include an outdoor coffee terrace along Fifth Avenue and an expanded terrace on Bigelow Street, providing delightful spaces for relaxation and socializing. Inside, the main lobby has been meticulously crafted to resemble a Renaissance Drawing Room, featuring exquisite marble accents, a gilded coffered ceiling adorned with medallions and rosettes, and an intricately carved marble fireplace. Moreover, newly installed LED lighting on the first and third levels beautifully illuminates the building’s creamy exterior and its intricate floral cornice, casting a mesmerizing glow after sunset.