TRYP Pittsburgh | Lawrenceville: An Art Hotel to Call Home
In Partnership with TRYP Pittsburgh | Lawrenceville, but all thoughts are my own. Enjoy!
To the right, the 40th street bridge bustles, straight ahead Pittsburgh’s skyline is wrapped in a warm haze, and I am surrounded by some of Pittsburgh’s finest creative minds. TRYP Pittsburgh | Lawrenceville brings us together, providing the bones for us local artists to share a bit of ourselves, and our city.
Pittsburgh’s first art hotel has opened its doors. Nestled between 40th street and Eden Way, TRYP Pittsburgh | Lawrenceville is a beautiful home base for your next local adventure, weeknight escape or, my personal favorite, a long weekend staycation. The aesthetic of TRYP Pittsburgh | Lawrenceville mirrors that of our city; a union of poignant creative grandeur and understated grit. It is located in the Washington Education Center building, a historic vocational school, and holds tight to those roots. The neutral brick stairway radiates a nostalgic sense of hard work, reminding me of school days and racing between classes. The original gym floor, complete with red and blue lines, is the anchor of the lobby. There are stories to be found everywhere. Each floor showcases wall art by local artists that highlights the trades taught in the building. I was drawn to Henry John Simonds’ installation, The Art of Not Paying Attention, on the elevator lobby of the first floor where the printing wing once lived. As Henry describes, it is “doodles from my school notebooks and a guidebook and resource library of works related to my subjects of study.”
This is the magic of TRYP Pittsburgh | Lawrenceville. It is interactive and educational, but not in an intrusive way. The art throughout the building is patient and focal, emphasizing the skill of the artist. Each room is a small-scale gallery. They showcase art from local creatives such as elegant prints from Fran Flaherty, a first generation immigrant artist from the Philippines who has called Pittsburgh home for 25 years and vibrant prints from local visual artist and co-founder of BOOM Concepts, D.S. Kinsel. In addition to a diverse collection of local art, each room is outfitted with an intricate chalkboard piece by Atiya Jones and a cheerful Seth LeDonne text print. Savannah Hayes, a local textile designer, created a custom throw to adorn every bed, and I love that you can sip a morning beverage from custom pottery handmade by Reiko Yamamoto. The intimate details behind each room adds to its allure. You can even shop Jones and LeDonne’s prints as well as the custom mugs and blankets via TRYP Pittsburgh | Lawrenceville’s website.
The appeal of TRYP Pittsburgh | Lawrenceville doesn’t rest solely in the artful, boutique rooms. Two curated restaurants within the hotel, the Brick Shop on the street level and the rooftop Over Eden, are set to open soon (follow each restaurant’s Instagram for opening activities). The Brick Shop, named after an actual brick shop, located in the Washington Education Center, play to my taste. The design is rich in color and comfort. The space is a cultivator of conversation, the beautiful glass light fixtures shining a spotlight on in-person connection and contemporary American cuisine. Over Eden is the light, airy sister to the Brick Shop. On the crown of TRYP Pittsburgh | Lawrenceville, it occupies both indoor and outdoor space. Inside the clean lines lead to crisp cocktails. The large outdoor patio overlooks the 40th street bridge and gives a bird’s eye view enticing visitors and locals alike to explore beyond the hotel walls.
The TRYP Pittsburgh | Lawrenceville has earned a seat on my summer bucket list alongside OpenStreetsPgh and Summer Fridays at The Frick. I can see it now - I am writing at a table top in the Brick Shop, the creative energy throughout the hotel fueling my pen. I meet Ben and Louise in our room as Louise awakes from a nap made cozy by a geometric blanket. On our way to Over Eden for a refreshing cocktail, we pitstop at each floor for a miniature history lesson through an artist’s eye. The 40th street bridge and the Allegheny River provide a Pittsburgh-esque backdrop for a family portrait. The city skyline calls our names; we are primed to explore. It’s nice to rediscover the place I call home.