Building Profile

Union Trust Building

501 Grant Street

Saturday: 10am-4pm

Neighborhood: Downtown

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes -

Oliver Avenue

Restrooms Available: No


Design Matters

The French Renaissance style Union Trust Building, commissioned by industrialist Henry Frick, was designed by Frederick J. Osterling in 1915. Osterling, who lived in Brighton Heights, was one of Pittsburgh's most prominent and prolific architects. An award-winning historic renovation was completed in 2016 by Elkus Manfredi Architects.

Your Experience:  

During your visit you will see a central rotunda that features a grand, ten-story atrium topped by a spectacular Tiffany glass dome measuring 40 feet in diameter, while standing on luxurious, richly hued, hand-tufted New Zealand wool carpeting. You will learn more interesting facts about the buildings and the restoration process from the Docent.

Building Description:

The Union Trust Building, built in 1915, was one of three buildings erected by coal and steel magnate Henry Clay Frick.

Frick advised his architect Frederick Osterling to draw inspiration from Europe’s Flemish Gothic style of architecture.

June 23, 2016 marks the building’s Grand Opening following its $100 million dollar restoration, still in progress.

This architectural landmark is now a modern office space, with vibrant retail, inviting public spaces, class-A amenities and 28 pieces of original, Pittsburgh-inspired art.