Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Pittsburgh Branch

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The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Pittsburgh Branch Office is one of the three Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland branch offices. The Pittsburgh Office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland hosts one of two savings bonds processing sites in the nation.[1] The current chairman is Sunil T. Wadhwani.[2] The original 1931 building, designed by the noted Cleveland architecture firm Walker and Weeks, was seven stories tall and a 10 story addition to the structure was completed in 1958 with roughly 200,000 square feet of total space. The Art Deco facade of the original Georgia marble building is ornamented with three cast aluminum figures representing mining, agriculture and commerce by the New York sculptor, Henry Hering. The building was listed as a Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmark in 2001.[3] The Pittsburgh branch presides over Jefferson, Monroe and Belmont counties in Ohio, Wetzel, Tyler, Pleasants, Marshall, Ohio, Brooke and Hancock counties in West Virginia and all of Western Pennsylvania. In 1915 it was revealed that the Pittsburgh branch location was to be the new home of a relocated Cleveland Fed District with a majority vote secured on the board of governors, however the U.S. Attorney General at the time nixed moving the Cleveland, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Boston and Atlanta Federal Reserve Districts stating that it would instead take and act of Congress to move those district headquarters. Pittsburgh remained a branch location only.[4]

Staff cuts and sale[edit]

For decades, it shared responsibility with FRB Minneapolis for processing all US Savings Bond transactions, this service being provided by Federal Reserve System to the US Treasury. Employees numbered 300-350 in total at the complex. With the increase in electronic processing, the US Treasury determined that reduced staffing and only one Federal Reserve site was required for such services, and the operation in Minneapolis was named as the sole site. Pittsburgh branch staff was reduced during 2011-2012 from about 320 to 25 in three separate layoffs. Along with the consolidation in processing to Minneapolis and the staff cuts the Federal Reserve is currently considering selling the historic building as soon as 2013, though it will retain a branch staff in place in Pittsburgh for auditing and bank examination of roughly 20-25 beyond 2013.[5]

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Pittsburgh Branch, built from 1930 to 1931, located at 717 Grant Street in Downtown Pittsburgh and home to the bank until October, 2012.

Building sale to Drury Hotels[edit]

On May 8, 2013 M&J Wilkow announced that it obtained an agreement to purchase the structure and either convert it into a hotel or offices, the Reserve staff having relocated to Oxford Centre in October 2012. In November 2013 Drury Hotels agree to convert the 1931 structure into a 180 room hotel to open by late 2015.[6][7]

Current Board of Directors[edit]

The following people are on the board of directors as of 2013:[8]

Appointed by the Federal Reserve Bank[edit]

Appointed by the Federal Reserve Bank
Name Title Term Expires
Todd D. Brice President and Chief Financial Officer
S&T Bancorp, Inc.
Indiana, Pennsylvania
Petra Mitchell President
Catalyst Connection
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Grant Oliphant President and Chief Executive Officer
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sean McDonald President and CEO
Precision Therapeutics, Inc.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Appointed by the Board of Governors[edit]

Appointed by the Board of Governors
Name Title Term Expires
Glenn R. Mahone


Partner and Attorney at Law
Reed Smith LLP
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Charles L. Hammel III President
Pitt Ohio Express
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Dawne S. Hickton Vice Chair, President, and Chief Executive Officer
RTI International Metals, Inc.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°26′34″N 79°59′41″W / 40.442836°N 79.994811°W / 40.442836; -79.994811