Drury Hotels opens first hotel in Pittsburgh
The new property, an historic renovation of the Federal Reserve Bank building, is located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh – January 19, 2017 – Drury Hotels Company’s first Pittsburgh hotel, an historic renovation of the Federal Reserve Bank building, is now open and welcoming guests. The new hotel, the Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown, took two years to preserve and renovate. Today, the property features 207 guest rooms and more than 4,500 square feet of event and meeting space.
The property is located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh at 745 Grant Street and is close to PNC Park, the Andy Warhol Museum, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and more.
The renovation of the Pittsburgh property marks the 10th for the company, furthering Drury Hotels’ established reputation for quality restorations of historic buildings across the country. Other historic renovations include locations in St. Louis, Santa Fe, San Antonio, New Orleans, Wichita and, most recently, Cleveland.
“This is a truly unique property, and we are thrilled to bring it back to life and preserve those key elements that make these historic buildings so beautiful and unique,” said Chuck Drury, president and CEO of Drury Hotels. “We look forward to sharing our new Pittsburgh property with our guests and delivering the great experience and value they expect from the Drury Hotels brand.”
The hotel, an Art Deco building designed by prominent Cleveland architecture firm, Walker and Weeks, first opened in 1931 as home to the Pittsburgh branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland where it remained until 2012.
Many of the historic details of the property have been maintained, several rich with symbolism of the building’s past life.
For example, the three cast-aluminum figures located above the first story windows – designed in 1931 by Henry Hering of New York – represent mining, agriculture, and commerce and industry. In the front plaza, a large triangular red sculpture remains. Created by Sylvester Damianos in 1974, the piece was intended to reflect the bank’s strength. The interlocking “4” and “D” pattern of the building’s metalwork also remains a prominent feature, symbolizing the fourth of the 12 Federal Reserve Districts.
In addition, the former main banking room now houses a portion of the hotel’s public space and dining area, and the former eighth floor firing range was converted into a swimming pool. Lastly, two basement bank vaults have been converted into meeting rooms, complete with the original vault doors.
The hotel also offers many modern touches, such as a state-of-the-art fitness center and a new restaurant, the Fourth District, where guests can enjoy a casual meal, a quick bite, or a handcrafted cocktail, wine, or local craft beer between 5 p.m. and 12 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Additional complimentary amenities including:
Hot breakfast featuring fresh waffles, biscuits and gravy, eggs, yogurt and more from 6 to 9:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7 to 10 a.m. on weekends
Soda and popcorn from 3 to 10 p.m.
5:30 Kickback® reception including beer, wine and appetizers
24-hour business and fitness centers
Indoor pool and whirlpool
The Drury Hotels Company has been family-owned and operated since 1973. For more information about careers at this hotel and other Drury locations, visit www.drurycareers.com.
About Drury Hotels Company
Drury Hotels Company is a Missouri-based, family-owned and operated hotel system with 140 hotels in 21 states. Founded in 1973, Drury Hotels has been recognized by the J.D. Power 2016 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Studysm with the award for “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Midscale Hotel Chains.” 2016 marked the 11th consecutive year Drury received this award.* Brands include Drury Inn & Suites®, Drury Inn®, Drury Plaza Hotel®, Drury Suites®, Pear Tree Inn by Drury®, as well as other hotels in the mid-priced hotel segment. Drury Hotels continues to provide exceptional value for business and leisure travelers with its many free amenities – The Extras Aren’t Extra®. For more information, visit www.druryhotels.com or call 1-800-DRURYINN. Join the conversation on Twitter @druryhotels or on Facebook.
*Drury Hotels received the highest numerical score among upper midscale hotels in the proprietary J.D. Power 2005-2016 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Studiessm. The 2016 study is based on responses gathered between June 2015 and May 2016 from more than 63,000 guests in Canada and the United States who stayed at a hotel in North America between May 2015 and May 2016. For more information, visit www.jdpower.com.
SOURCE: Drury Hotels Company