Monday, March 19, 2012

Pittsburgh Union Trust Building

This Flemish-Gothic style building was built by Henry Frick as a shopping arcade, known as the Union Arcade, with 240 shops and galleries on four levels.

Lively terra cotta dormers and ornaments decorate the steeply pitched mansard roof of the former Pittsburgh Union Trust Building, above which rise two chapel-like mechanical towers. The interior is organized around a central rotunda capped by a stained-glass dome. This building was built on the site of Pittsburgh's nineteenth-century Catholic cathedral. The architect, Frederick Osterling, was one of Pittsburgh's premier architects, and also designed the Arrott Building (1901-02), and the County Mortuary (1901-03). It was built between 1915 and 1917 and is now known as Two Mellon Bank Center.

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