About Strada

Strada means “street” in Italian. Streets matter to us. They’re the fundamental infrastructure of our cities and the core of our civic lives. They’re the connections between buildings, people, and public spaces. This is why we’re so inspired by them and it’s a shared commitment to these values that brought our principals together. Just as people mingle on city streets, our office is a place where we freely exchange ideas, challenging and inspiring one another to create exceptional work.

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The Craft of Story Building

02.2018

A story’s form should be organic— the moves it makes, the shape it takes. Initial visions of setting, theme, voice, and plot emerge as the writer intuits what the story needs without the anchor of minutia holding things back. Art is made.

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Pittsburgh

611 William Penn Place
Suite 700
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

p: 412.263.3800
f: 412.471.5704

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Philadelphia

718 Arch Street
Suite 5N
Philadelphia, PA 19106

p: 215.440.0190
f: 215.440.0197

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Adapting an Art Deco bank building with parking to support a 200-room hotel

The Drury Plaza Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh inhabits a structure that is a wonder of both Art Deco design and mid-century gravitas. Formerly the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank, it has been reborn as a family-friendly hotel that highlights and preserves the historic structure’s finance-minded features, such as large vaults, artworks, and a luxe marble banking hall. Strada’s re-design incorporates the hotel’s needs as an approachable inn within an urban setting, with ample parking and a welcoming drop-off entrance.

The 200-room hotel interior balances modern materials with the building’s inherent sophistication. The main hall boasts marble with aluminum trim and serves as an expansive social forum where guests can relax and take in their surroundings. A new two-story lounge and mezzanine connects the banking hall to an adjacent board room, which features wood panel wainscotting and intricate plasterwork in the ceiling above. Along with a spacious dining area, the hotel includes meeting rooms that were once vaults, three of which include original giant stainless steel doors. The renovation prioritizes guest comfort and includes additional spaces for recreation and socialization upstairs, with a pool and rooftop patio overlooking William Penn Place and the Cultural District. The structure is a prime example of Pittsburgh’s arrival on the scene as a hospitality hot-spot with a complex and enduring past.

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