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This 1920’s structure has over the years been the home of an automotive service garage, a sheet metal fabricator, and the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s scene shop. The new owner wanted to transform this into a contemporary living space; an urban retreat, and an oasis for entertaining. The original façade remains, although previous windows, doors, and infill have been removed. Behind this is positioned a new layer of glass. The space between the two layers becomes the equivalent of the residential front porch.