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Glasshouse Rising: New Apartments Set for Station Square

The development is located on the site of one of Pittsburgh’s former glass factories — and a few nightclubs.

photos by jessica sinichak

Many people may remember the land along the Monongahela River adjacent to Station Square as home to a complex hosting nightclubs such as Matrix or Saddle Ridge, but its history goes much deeper than that.

Before it was a nighttime hotspot, the area featured a glass-making factory, one of many that used to thrive in this area.

In 2014, the East Warehouse holding the nightclubs was razed. It has since been used as a parking lot for people working, dining or shopping at the remaining Station Square buildings — until now.

Earlier this month, High Street Residential, a residential subsidiary of Trammell Crow Company, broke ground on Glasshouse, a five-story mixed-use development containing 319 apartments — plus restaurant and retail space and 335 indoor indoor parking spots — that pays homage to the region’s past.

“In 1880, Pittsburgh made about 30 percent of the glass in America. By 1920, it made about 80 percent of the glass in America. This was the glass capital of the United States,” James Murray-Coleman of Trammell Crow Company told KDKA. “In the mid- to- late- 1800s, this site was the home to the Attleburg Glass Company. Hence, the name Glasshouse and the focus on glass.”

Located across the way from the Station Square light rail station, the building — which will host studio, one- and two-bedroom units ranging in size from 665 to 1,200 square feet — is scheduled to be ready for occupancy by summer 2019 and include decks overlooking Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle.

“The residents are going to have access to a pool, three courtyards, multiple outdoor kitchen and dining areas, an outdoor movie screen, not to mention the great Allegheny Passage which is the trail right behind you here,” Murray-Colman told KDKA.

Northwestern Mutual is underwriting the project, which also will include a dog wash, bike shop/storage and new sculpture park area. Pricing for the units is not yet available.


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