PNC To Restore Splendor Of Former Lord & Taylor Building In Pittsburgh

A map of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with its nei...

A map of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with its neighborhoods labeled. For use primarily in the list of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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That is Geoffrey Leah’s way of saying that the old is being used again inside the former Mellon Bank on Smithfield Street, the ornate building controversially stripped of much of its grandeur when it was converted into a Lord & Taylor department store more than a decade ago.

The new owner, PNC Financial Services Group, is hoping to restore some of that splendor — piece by piece, in some cases — as part of its plan to reuse the city historic structure as a call center.

“What we’re trying to do is take the bones of the building and keep the architectural and historic significance, and do whatever we can to not disrupt the original structure in any way,” said Gary Saulson, PNC executive vice president and director of corporate real estate.

While PNC has no way of fully restoring the majestic four-story, open air bank hall with its marble Ionic columns — Lord & Taylor turned the structure into four floors of department store retail — the bank intends to incorporate as many original architectural features as possible into the new design.

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