The Lohr Building Project

The arched glass windows of the landmark Lohr Building have overlooked the intersection of Wood Street and South Avenue since those roads were teeming with horse-and-buggy traffic. Built in the late 1800s by Alexander Lohr, this three-story red brick building has at various times in its life served as the first home of the Second United Methodist Church, a newspaper office, a sewing machine store, a law firm, and a bank.

After two years of an extensive, $2.5-million renovation, the Lohr Building is ready to enter the next phase of its life as an anchor of Wilkinsburg’s business district. Located on a highly visible corner in a pedestrian-friendly area, it lies within walking distance of the East Busway and a short trip into Pittsburgh. Less than three miles from the fully leased Bakery Square and within walking distance to the Regent Square neighborhoods and the Wilkinsburg Train Station (currently undergoing its own $6.5 million renovation), the Lohr Building will provide future tenants with distinctive office space featuring 11 to 13-foot high ceilings, arched windows that offer abundant natural light, ample parking, and rents that are roughly one-third of East Liberty’s. 

The Lohr Building offers flexible, mixed-use commercial space suitable for a variety of purposes, from studios to retail to office space. Local favorite Nancy’s Revival diner has already opened on the first floor, and the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation is planning to move its office to the Lohr in late September. 

The property consists of three buildings on a single parcel: 

  • Two street-level storefronts along Wood Street: one that is 1,541 square feet and the other 1,122, which will be the location of the new WCDC office
  • The one-story storefront on South Avenue that houses Nancy’s Revival, which is currently 1,165 square feet
  • Floors 2 and 3 for a combined 6,014 square feet – Currently available for lease!
  • A one-story storefront facing South Avenue that is 2,352 square feet– Currently available for lease!

The renovation has been made possible in part thanks to a generous $1 million contribution from The Richard King Mellon Foundation and a $10,000 grant from the WCDC’s Facade Renovation Program.The fully renovated building is expected to be move-in ready by November 2019. Interested in a tour? Contact Cameron Conroy of Avison Young: 412-944-2129, cameron.conroy@avisonyoung.com.