Throwback Thursday: Nabisco Edition


Do you know why Bakery Square is called Bakery Square? We got our name from, well, a Bakery! That’s right – Bakery Office One is the old Nabisco Plant that closed its doors on this day (November 19th) in 1998.

The Bakery was built in 1918 on the corner of Penn Avenue and East Liberty Boulevard.

In 1928, the bakery expanded with a four story addition and expanded even further down Penn Avenue in 1948. The Nabisco Factory grew and at one point, employed over 1,000 workers.

However, following the demise of the steel industry, the plant regressed and began to operate at a fraction of its capacity and in 1998, Nabisco closed its doors after 80 years of operation.

Read more about Nabisco and Bakery Square’s history here.

Click the photo above to view more archived photos and documents

A few companies invested in the vacant building before Walnut Capital acquired the abandoned factory in 2007. After a few years of renovation and transformation, Bakery Square opened its doors 2010 and soon became an attractive option for offices and retailers alike.

Fast forward a decade and Bakery Square is now one of Pittsburgh’s most prominent tech hubs, hosting tenants like Google, Philips, UPMC, the University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon.

Today, Bakery Square is an exciting lifestyle center with stores like Anthropologie, Free People and West Elm with more exciting things on the way. Bakery Square’s “Refresh” is Walnut Capital’s plan to update the courtyard and incorporate new, fun elements to bring the space back to life.

We strive to provide a vibrant community space in East Liberty for neighbors, tenants, and anyone in Pittsburgh to enjoy. With our renovation wrapping up in 2021, it will be a space for the community to come together and will continue to be the home base for more national companies to create innovative solutions for today’s ever-changing world.

We take great pride in our property’s history, so we’ve made sure to keep many original aspects of the original Nabisco Plant because of its historic meaning to Pittsburgh and East Liberty.

Click here to view more original photos, documents, and notes.

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