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Mayor William Peduto Applauds Macy's For Plans to Donate Kaufmann's Artifacts

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 8, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh, Macy’s and others have reached tentative agreements on the donation of historical artifacts from the former Kaufmann’s store Downtown, Mayor William Peduto announced today.

Macy’s representatives have been in productive talks with the City, Senator John Heinz History Center, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, CORE Realty and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh on the donation of artifacts and trademarks from the Macy’s/Kaufmann’s site.

The following is an update on the preservation talks:

  • Officials at the Heinz History Center collaborated with representatives from Macy’s to identify nearly 100 historically significant items that will be donated to the museum, including artifacts from Kaufmann’s holiday displays, materials from the Tic Toc Restaurant, and many other items. Additional information about the donation will be available in the coming weeks.
  • Macy’s will donate Frank Lloyd Wright drawings for the Kaufmann Foundation to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, which maintains Fallingwater, the architect’s masterwork.
  • Macy’s will transfer to the URA its rights for the Tic-Toc and Arcade trademarks.
  • Macy’s will offer items not requested by the History Center to CORE Realty for purchase, at the value set by an appraisal company recommended by the History Center

Macy’s provided its update on the donations in response to a September 11, 2015, letter from Mayor Peduto in which he requested that all artifacts of historical value at the store be preserved for the public.

“I am pleased on behalf of Pittsburgh residents that Macy’s is working with us to honor the deep importance the Kaufmann’s artifacts have to the history and culture of our city,” Mayor Peduto said. “At the same time the future plans for the former store remain bright, and we are looking forward to working with CORE Realty to breathe new life into this iconic building.”

"Since our announcement of the sale of the historic downtown building became public, Macy's remained committed to preserving the Kaufmann's legacy and the artifacts that became the symbols of this iconic store," said Deanna Salvaggio, District Vice President for Pittsburgh, Macy’s.  "We recognized the deep connection and longstanding memories generations of Pittsburghers have to this building, and wanted to ensure that many more could continue to experience its history.  Working collaboratively with the various cultural and civic institutions over a course of a few months, Macy's was able to find homes for the multitude of historic artifacts that remained hidden from public view.  We are very pleased to share them so that many more Pittsburghers can enjoy in the future."

“As the Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh, the History Center is pleased that Macy’s has worked with us to preserve their legacy as one of the iconic department stores in the City of Pittsburgh over the past century and a half,” said Andrew E. Masich, president and CEO of the History Center.  “We look forward to preserving the history of Macy’s and Kaufmann's for generations to come.”

The History Center is working collaboratively with Macy’s to finalize the donation of the artifacts. A media unveiling of several of the Macy’s items is being planned for later this month.

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Published:
Thursday, October 8, 2015
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Timothy McNulty
Communications Director
City of Pittsburgh
Cell: 412-660-1999
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Ned Schano
Director of Communications/Co-Director of Sports Museum
Senator John Heinz History Center
Office: 412-454-6382
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