As students make their way down Fifth Avenue, it’s hard not to notice the empty building sitting across from the Cathedral of Learning. The former Pittsburgh Athletic Association building was home to the eponymous social organization that operated for 108 years. It officially closed its doors in April 2017 and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 2017.
Since then, Walnut Capital, a local property management company, has acquired the building and is currently renovating it. Construction began in late summer 2018 and was expected to last 18-24 months, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the state halted nonessential construction. Gov. Tom Wolf allowed all construction to resume on May 8 with new safety protocols, prompting construction on the building to resume.