Stop 2: Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222
Showcasing American history with a connection to Western Pennsylvania, the Senator John Heinz History Center is the first Smithsonian property to earn a LEED certification. Before it became a museum, the structure served as The Consolidated Ice Company, an ice sales business. The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania purchased the building in the mid-1990s and restored its original features to open the history center in 1996. The building restoration preserved existing materials, supporting values of both history and sustainability.
More About this Building:
- Specified building products include wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and materials containing low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Solar panels on the roof provide renewable energy to the building
- HVAC equipment is optimized for energy efficiency via an integrated direct digital control system
- Fun Fact: The John Heinz History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania