Eighth and Penn

Location: Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Type: Multi-family | Mixed-use | Market-rate
Construction Cost: $33 Million
Square Footage: 173,114 GSF
Number of Units: 136
Completed: July 2019
Client: TREK Development Group with Q Development
Architect: Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel

Eighth and Penn is a blending of historic preservation with new construction. This project combines the restoration of two iconic downtown Pittsburgh landmarks—the McNally Building (711 Penn Ave) and the Bonn Building (713 Penn Ave)—with infill construction of a new building.

The McNally Building storefront was reconstructed and provides space for retail at the ground level. The Bonn Building storefront was restored and provides the entrance for the residential units. The ground level of the new construction also provides additional space for retail.

The residential portion of this development offers 136 apartments of varying sizes, including micros, studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units. Other amenities include a fitness center, a club room and a 6,000 SF rooftop deck for tenants.

Among the distinctive elements of Eighth and Penn is the pedestrian passageway between the buildings punctuated by a six-story copper-clad “Jewel Box” at the rear of the building which also features a “light bridge”, designed by artist Erwin Redl. A number of other local artists are featured throughout the project.

The project utilized both Federal and Pennsylvania State Historic Tax Credits. With support from the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and the URA’s Cultural District Historic Façade Restoration Program, we were able to restore the buildings' historic façade.

This development spanned 20 months. In this time, we were able to overcome the unique challenges posed by the city’s tight site conditions, deep foundations, and the melding of the historic structures with new construction. The completion of Eighth and Penn marks a significant milestone in Mistick’s ongoing commitment to revitalizing urban spaces and preserving Pittsburgh’s historical legacy.