Building Profile

MacLachlan Cornelius & Filoni Architects

307 Fourth Ave. 200 The Bank Tower

Saturday: 10am-4pm
Sunday: 10am-4pm

Neighborhood: Downtown

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Restrooms Available: Yes

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Design Matters

MacLachlan, Cornelius & Filoni Architects is the 19th longest running architecture firm in the U.S. with 129 years of continuous operation. Founded in 1889 by Edward Stotz, MCF was the first architectural firm in Pittsburgh and has been located in the Bank Tower for 29 years.

Your Experience:  

Visitors will tour the architectural office with focus on the architecture process, view architectural models, renderings and drawings and learn more about our work. Historic drawings dating back to 1889 will be on display, plus tour a vault where we keep our archives.

Building Description:

Late in 1889 a very determined and confident young man opened an architectural office on his own… and began to change the face of Pittsburgh and the role we, as architects, play in designing the world around you.

Edward Stotz (who once shook hands with Geronimo) was just 21 years old and had never been to college – nor had most American architects. He wrote his specifications in longhand by gaslight, traveled to work by horse-drawn streetcar, and lived in a city without a single steel framed building. Skyscrapers, elevators, and blueprints were all in their infancy.

While Edward Stotz and his colleagues changed the way buildings look and feel, they also created standards for the practice of architecture. They built up the American Institute of Architects and developed codes to make buildings safer. They made architecture a respected profession, and they made buildings we call landmarks today.

Edward Stotz’s sons, Charles Morse Stotz and Edward Stotz, Jr., carried on their father’s commitment to people oriented architecture of substance and pleasing detail. Similar-minded architects joined them, building to last in a world of change and flux.

MacLachlan, Cornelius & Filoni (MCF) is the architectural firm founded on the Stotzs’ integrity, tradition, and passion for building well. We are architects who for over 129 years have designed hospitals, theaters, schools and colleges, laboratories, offices, and residences. We have rejuvenated historic buildings and designed new structures, always keeping the scale of the person in mind. In our fountain at Point State Park we have given Pittsburgh a symbol of grandeur and beauty.

We are the descendants of Edward Stotz, whose architectural philosophy was simply expressed: Know your client as well as possible; design the building with regard to safety, good taste and reason for your client and for his edification and profit – not for the glorification of the architect or the perpetuation of your own foibles. If you can attain both of these ends, you and your client will be friends for life and you indeed will be a good architect.”

Today, we provide a full range of services including architectural design, master planning, programming, interior design and construction administration services. Through our vast experience and expertise, we have gained a national reputation and work with clients across the United States.

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