AIA National Housing Award

Ohringer Arts

Excellence in Affordable Housing, 2022

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:

  • This is a transformative project for the neighborhood and a spectacular demonstration of design and urban planning. The design team showed great respect for the building. It is a cheerful and witty project.
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