City of Asylum

City of Asylum

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The City of Asylum @ Alphabet City is located in the former Masonic Hall building, an historic landmark on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Completed in 2017, the mixed-use space houses a restaurant, performance space and bookstore on the first floor. The basement level serves as the office space to the City of Asylum staff and also has a central meeting room which can be used for conferences, private events, and dining.

The City of Asylum @ Alphabet City has become a social gathering epicenter by creating a broad range of cultural programming. It is a home for diverse voices from around the globe - a place where Pittsburgh meets the world and the world meets Pittsburgh. The space was designed to be flexible and adaptable while maintaining the National Park Service’s standards for the interior renovations. The space can conform to various event sizes; for example, the bookshelves can be rolled to the back of the room and the dining tables fold and nest to provide more seating for larger events. Mobile shelving units can also serve as tables for dining or cocktail service. High ceilings, open space and abundant daylight contribute to the welcoming atmosphere many have come to admire.

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PROJECT TEAM:

Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects (architect)
Churches Engineering (structural engineer)
Iams Consulting, LLC (MEP/FP engineers) 

CONTRACTOR:

Franjo Construction

PHOTOS:

Thomas Little

COMPLETION: 2017