AIA Pittsburgh Design Award

Ohringer Arts

Honor 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:

  • This is a very strong adaptive reuse that is held together holistically. It was an elegant building when built, and it is elegant again. It anchors a key corner and makes an affirming statement for the community.
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