AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

Ohringer Arts

Social Equity in Design Award, 2021

The Ohringer, Braddock’s iconic eight-story furniture store from 1941, has re-emerged as an Arts Incubator and affordable Artist Housing. The project follows several attempts to re-inhabit the long-vacant building with arts-based interventions. Now, the building is completely transformed to create places for professional artists to live, work, and exchange. The reactivation of this icon connects two areas of main street redevelopment, builds upon the maker culture of Braddock, and continuously illuminates the heart of community through arts.

The jury commented:

  • We all saw the merits of this project. It has conceptual strength with a maximized level of execution to create a project that helps restore the historic neighborhood fabric. It simultaneously reimagines and honors the structure, being both familiar and forward-looking for the community.
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