Tell us a little bit about your venue.
Host your next celebration, networking event, department gathering, staff retreat, or conference in one of our two welcoming spaces at Hunter Saw. With 2,750 square feet of open space, The Machine Shop and Mezzanine boasts original wood trusses towering 30 feet above a white oak floor. The exposed brick walls, warm lighting, and dramatic steel-clad entry stair create a breathtaking ambiance. The max capacity for The Machine Shop & Mezzanine is 150 reception style, 130 seated.
Or host with us in The Drafting Room and The Courtyard. The Drafting Room is a clean and modern room that provides an urban oasis as it is attached to our own little secret garden, The Courtyard. Featuring wood columns, exposed brick walls and ample natural light, The Drafting Room opens up to a lush garden adorned with a water feature. The Drafting Room and Courtyard can comfortably accommodate 50 people, providing an intimate and inviting atmosphere.
Combine both spaces for a rental of the full space (mandatory during in-season months of May – October).
What makes your space unique?
A decade ago, Doug and Liza Cruze, co-owners of Cruze Architects and Cruze Construction, embarked on the transformation of the condemned Hunter Saw building. Drawn by its inherent potential, they meticulously renovated the space over the years, showcasing their expertise in converting historic buildings into modern gems even within tight budgets. Known for their work on the award-winning former Salt of the Earth restaurant in Garfield, Doug and Liza adopt a hands-on approach, intensely involved in the physical construction.
Their dedication and passion have given rise to Hunter Saw, their most ambitious design, build, and development project to date. Through blood, sweat, and tears, they have breathed new life into this historic building and are excited to share it with others.
The Hunter Saw & Machine Company holds a significant place in the industrial history of Pittsburgh and Lawrenceville. Established at the turn of the 19th century, the company specialized in producing high-quality saw blades and other cutting tools for the steel industry. Hunter Saw was part of an industrial hub that flourished along the Allegheny River during the late 1800s, supporting a vibrant immigrant population. As the steel industry experienced a decline in the mid-20th century, many manufacturing facilities, including Hunter Saw, faced closures or relocations.
Upper Lawrenceville has since experienced a remarkable revitalization, with numerous new businesses and restaurants along Butler Street. Positioned directly across from Contemporary Craft, Hunter Saw Events proudly becomes a member of this vibrant neighborhood, serving as a gateway to its bustling atmosphere.
What is your ideal client like?
Our ideal client shares our belief that a successful event transcends aesthetics. Yes, we adore crafting exquisite tablescapes and enchanting floral installations, but what truly sets our hearts aflutter is the memory of the collective experience. When your event day arrives, you’ll remember the warmth of being with your loved ones, friends, colleagues, and guests. It’s the emotions evoked in those moments that resonate the longest. Our space provides a modern, industrial background to your soon-to-be memories.