H.J. HEINZ – THE SERVICE BUILDING
Constructed in 1930 and designed by Albert Kahn, the Service building was developed solely for the use and enjoyment of the employees. The building was essentially two buildings in one with a grand auditorium occupying the west half of the building. Offices, classrooms, dining and recreational areas and health services spaces occupied the floors on the east half of the structure.

The original brick on the outside of the building shows the recognizable Heinz name in white, adding to the curb appeal of the property. Original Terrazzo flooring can be found throughout as well. An atrium running vertically through the center of the structure showcases original industrial beam work.

Vacant since 2008, MCM, is transforming the Service Building into 151 market-rate apartments. While maintaining the historic features of the building, the renovation provides energy efficient, cutting-edge design feautres including 58 micro-units to the existing Heinz complex. The building is being restored in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation making it eligible to receive Federal Historic Tax Credits. The project will also be seeking National Green Building Standards (NGBS) certification.

Heinz at 950 North Shore is set to open in the historic building in January 2017, right near the river with easy access to walking trails, Heinz Field and PNC Park. The community sits minutes from the historic Strip District, housing boutiques, restaurants and entertainment nearby.  Amore has begun accepting lease applications for the rental property at this time. Spacious one and two bedroom units are available and the building offers a fitness center, community room and courtyard with grilling and games area for residents. For more information call (412) 533-0139 or visit www.950northshore.com.
 
HISTORIC PHOTOS
AUDITORIUM FROM STAGE TO BALCONY
Date: 1930

Caption on the back of the photograph reads, “The intellectual beauty of the foyer may be compared with the more emotional atmosphere of the auditorium. Here the architect commands his entire conception without extraneous ornament. Every aspect of the design is an integral part of the structure. The wedge-shaped floor plan insures clear vision from every one of the chairs. The eyes perceive five elements of the theater: The stage, which is the reason for the room’s being; the great decorative plaster grills on either side of the stage which frame the front of the house; the four large side panels set within pilaster-like framing; the four main parts spanning the ceiling to meet these side panels, and the mural paintings which are placed around the theater’s balcony. These paintings bind together walls, ceiling, and floor, with its hundreds of pomegranate colored chairs in the balcony and orchestra. From the mural paintings in the balcony, with their design of Gargantuan shadow flowers edged with silver, the eye passes over into the four main side panels which are lusterous textiles, intimating the pomegranate color of the chairs, softening the metalic effect of the stepped-back pilasters and suggesting the design of the plaster relief work on the stage framing. The transition from mural paintings to textile fillets and on to decoration in plaster relief, proceeds vigorously. The ceiling panels, painted with fugitive, conventionalized flower petals in silver, gold and bronze, are divided by intricate plaster relief work similarly colored. Unnumbered thousands of aluminum filaments were the basis for this magnificent palette. The mutations into gold and copper were contrived by French laquer. One must realize surface of walls and ceiling as a vast and vibrant mural arrangement. The auditorium is fully equipped as a theater, has a complete pipe organ and accommodates 3,000 people.”

 
AUDITORIUM
Date: 1948

The Heinz Company Auditorium, dedicated in 1930, was built by H.J. Heinz for the use, comfort, and happiness of the employees of his corporation. Designed for a wide variety of educational and recreational uses, the auditorium had all the conveniences of a modern theater and concert hall including a complete pipe organ and seating for 3,000. Some of the auditoriums many decorations include soft-toned fabrics which paneled the walls, flame-colored upholstering, and large murals in both the theater and the lobby. Connected to this auditorium were a number of reception rooms, lecture rooms, and dining halls specifically for the enjoyment of Heinz employees.
 
LOBBY OF AUDITORIUM
Date: 1948
 
Dedicated in 1930, the Heinz Auditorium was built for use by the employees of the Heinz Corporation. The auditorium has all the conveniences of a modern theater and concert hall including the full pipe organ and seating for 3,000. This photo of the entrance to the auditorium is representative of the artistice time and effort spent on the entire structure. The following description was found in the company brochure advertising the features of the new structure:"The auditorium foyer typifies in its design the spirit of restrained modernism which has imbued the planning of the building." Like the auditorium and various other lecture and reception rooms, the lobby of the structure was decorated with soft-tone fabrics and large murals.