Living History

While preserving the past, the owners of Shadyside Commons create homes for today by renovating another of Pittsburgh’s historical buildings.

Photos courtesy Reinhold Residential

Why build new when you can renovate the old?

Renovations are underway at Shadyside Commons, a warehouse-turned-apartment building. John Bindley hired his architect brother to construct the building in 1903 for his family-owned business, Bindley Hardware Co., which sold knives, razors, saws and other hardware supplies. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

In 1985, the Philadelphia-based development company then known as Historic Landmarks for Living took ownership of the building and began to renovate the space into apartments. The company took care to preserve the large brick arches, cornices, exposed brick walls, timbered ceilings and oversized industrial windows.

When Historic Landmarks for Living became Reinhold Residential in 2006, it maintained ownership of Shadyside Commons. Now, Reinhold, a Philadelphia-based property management company, is updating the building. The apartments are being renovated as residents move out, according to Lynn Butts, marketing director for Reinhold. There are 148 apartments, and as of December, about 30 percent have been renovated, property manager Kathleen Brown says.

Shadyside Commons features one- and two-bedroom apartments. Upgraded one-bedrooms units are being offered at $1,660. Two-bedroom units are priced at $2,365. The property also offers parking, a fitness center and an interior courtyard.

Tenants pay for electricity, which includes heat; cable, internet and parking. One-year and short-term leases are available.

Shadyside Commons
401 Amberson Ave., Shadyside

Published in Pittsburgh Magazine HOME, Jan 2017
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