The historic Union Trust Building in downtown Pittsburgh is now home to Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. The sophisticated restaurant design, realized by Aria Group, is a celebration of the city’s spirit and the steakhouse’s distinguished heritage.
The project defines the classic American steakhouse experience through history and elegance. “It began with an appreciation for the history of the site and the city, acknowledging our ability to encapsulate the essence of this building and lovingly house within it a contemporary design,” says Elizabeth Neuffer, project designer at Aria Group.
The design embraces Pittsburgh’s identity as the Steel City, incorporating multiple archways representative of the many bridges found throughout the area. These custom fabricated archways feature internal illumination for a modern edge. Other ornamental metalwork on display includes twisted balustrades, decorative newel posts, and embellished stair railings inspired by the metal partitions found in the Union Trust Building’s safety deposit vaults.
At the center of the 9,950-square-foot restaurant, structural steel columns were left exposed to highlight the structure of the site. These columns frame a statement-making light fixture and contribute to the striking dining experience.
The interior design also incorporates existing finishes found throughout the Flemish-Gothic building, which was constructed in the early 1900s. Crema cross-cut travertine adorns the walls and the preserved monolithic stone staircase, contributing a contemporary touch with new tiled treads. In addition, intricate millwork paneling and substantial crown moldings pay homage to craftsmanship.