Courts dedicate Weis Lobby; tenants, historians tour the Weis Courthouse

GSA Fine Arts Specialist Kerry Rose gave gallery talks on works of art in Weis courtrooms, including Brian Shure's 2005 mural
GSA Fine Arts Specialist Kerry Rose gave gallery talks on works of art in Weis courtrooms, including Brian Shure's 2005 mural Fourth and Market: PPG Center in courtroom 3A.

On April 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held a ceremony at the Joseph F. Weis, Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to dedicate the lobby in honor of Judge D. Brooks Smith. Chief Judges Michael A. Chagares and Mark H. Hornak welcomed attendees. Magistrate Judge Maureen P. Kelly and Administrative Office Director Roslynn R. Mauskopf gave remarks for over 175 in-person and virtual attendees.

Also in April, 20 Weis tenants participated in a GSA guided tour of the main lobby, several courtrooms, and the restored Social Security Administration lobby. GSA Historic Preservation Specialist Donna Andrews discussed construction and courthouse rehabilitation. Fine Arts Specialist Kerry Rose provided gallery talks about artwork throughout Weis.

A similar tour was given to members of the Society of Architectural Historians. Amy Stein of MGA Partners, Architects, joined to discuss an SSA project completed in late 2020. The project, which consolidated two SSA leases and backfilled vacant space at Weis, restored several historic Guastavino tile vaults, ornamental plaster trim, and decorative castings, which were original to the building’s 1934 construction. Visit GSA’s historic buildings page to read more about the history and architectural significance of Weis.

GSA Historic Preservation Specialist Donna Andrews, Amy Stein (MGA Partners), and members of the Society of Architectural Histor
GSA Historic Preservation Specialist Donna Andrews, Amy Stein (MGA Partners), and members of the Society of Architectural Historians tour the newly restored Guastavino tile vaults and interiors in the SSA lobby at Weis.

“The artwork blew me away,” said Professor Bill Whitaker, Curator of The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, who attended the tour with the Society of Architectural Historians. “I never fully appreciated the range of artwork that GSA is responsible for and really did not appreciate that it continues to commission amazing work like Brian Shure's Fourth and Market; PPG Center. It is inspiring to know that there is much more to the story than the murals of the 1930s!”


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Last Reviewed: 2022-06-21