The marble came from the long-gone Richard B. Mellon mansion in Squirrel Hill. The chandeliers once graced a 1930s-era Los Angeles theater. And an exposed steel beam bears the stamp of the Carnegie Steel Company.
The scene sounds like something out of the Duquesne Club, an exclusive Downtown enclave for Pittsburgh’s rich and powerful. Only these relics rest about a block away in Blend, a new cigar bar getting ready to open in the Koppers Building.
Don’t wince at the thought of all of that rich history being swallowed up a cloud of stale cigar smoke. Blend, its proprietors say, will be anything but a smoke-filled back room with a couple of fans and the door propped open for ventilation.