The Carlyle

The History of The CARLYLE

The Union National Bank building at Fourth Avenue and Wood Streets was constructed in 1906. Designed by the architectural firm of MacClure & Spahr, the building displays an austere version of the Classical Revival style, executed in gray granite. MacClure & Spahr was one of the most prominent architectural firms to practice in Pittsburgh during the first two decades of the 20 th century. The firm's other work included Downtown office buildings and homes for Pittsburgh's industrial leadership, including the Heinz family. The adjoining Commonwealth Trust Company building, built simultaneously with the Union National Bank, was later joined with its neighbor. The Fourth Avenue Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, with the Union National Bank building a contributing building within the district.

About The Developer

David W. Bishoff is President of E.V. Bishoff Company. Having roots in the Pittsburgh area dating back to the early 1800s, Mr. Bishoff’s company has been investing in downtown Pittsburgh since 1992. When the opportunity presented itself, the company had the foresight to purchase virtually the entire city block in which the Carlyle is now located. This property includes three high rises, three mid rises, and a parking facility. Having traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, Mr. Bishoff not only understands what true downtown living is, but is of the belief that it was time to bring true downtown living to Pittsburgh. A commitment was made early in the development process that included the adherence to a development criteria that demanded that his company create the single best downtown high rise living experience that Pittsburgh could offer. "We had the experience and desire to pattern the Carlyle living experience after the great metropolitan downtown centers of the world; Chicago, Washington D.C, Paris, London, and New York as opposed to the communities built by production builders of the area," explained Mr. Bishoff. This commitment was central to every decision that was made throughout the construction process and is responsible for the sculptured doorways that enhance the sense of arrival to each and every home, the floor planning that created low density floors with a maximum of four residences per floor on the lower floors and only three on the upper floors, windows that allow light to flood every room, privacy that not only comes from the low density floors, but privacy that results from the engineering of sound deadening materials that separate each and every residence. Mr. Bishoff’s statement “A residence should be stately and magnificent, welcoming yet exclusive and private” is continually reinforced by decision after decision that has been made in the development of The Carlyle. The Carlyle is not Pittsburgh’s version of downtown living. The Carlyle is what other major metropolitan areas have enjoyed for generations. And it is now a reality, all because of a commitment to both quality and design that was made and kept.

10-Year Tax Abatement


The Carlyle is included in the 10 yr residential LERTA tax abatement program! This program abates the taxes on the first $250,000 improvement dollars for 10 years. It just doesn’t get any better than that. Welcome home! For detailed information about the tax abatement.

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Canine and Feline Companions

The CARLYLE is pet freindly

We are certainly a pet friendly environment and as such the condominium documents allow each owner to have one dog or two cats.

If you are thinking about purchasing a unit or have already done so, and you already have a dog, the weight of your pet is unimportant. After all, we would not ask anyone to make a choice based on parting with their best friend! The condominium documents ask residents who come to us without a pet at time of purchase to follow a 35 pound weight limit at maturity for any dog they acquire.

Perks at The CARLYLE

$200 off on closing costs when financed at Dollar Bank; $125 off on settlement fees when financed at Dollar Bank; 10 year tax abatement; pet friendly environment; free use of the cinema room; free personal storage for every condominium; free two tone custom painting upgrade; between 4 and 13 windows in every floor plan; free in building grocery delivery; free in building dry cleaning delivery; free delivery from Capital Grill.

Additional Perks for Floors 17-21: Free upgraded audio/video package valued at $6500 including: 3 phone, 4 cable & 4 data connections , 1 CAT 5 four room intercom package; 1 Lyriq standard four room audio system, 2 analog flat panel prewired, and 1 security package.

Ground Floor Specials

The ground floor of the 21 story Carlyle is available for lease. Measuring approximately 5,500 s.f., it is clearly one of the most dramatic ground floors available in all of Pittsburgh. Enjoy your exclusive brass framed entrance on the corner of Fourth and Wood and from the beautiful cherry appointed lobby of the condominiums.

Complimented with 20-foot emerald marble columns and hand-painted coffered ceilings, this iconic ground floor resonates with turn-of-the century grandeur and charm. Set yourself apart from the others and say yes to a piece of history today!