Manchester Craftsmen's Guild


Manchester Bidwell Corporation saw an opportunity to spread its philosophy of empowering educational environments by constructing an arts and career training facility on an old brownfield site.


Manchester Bidwell Corporation opened its new facility in the mid-1980s. Designed by a former apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, the building is full of light, art and hope.


Expanding its campus, Manchester Bidwell Corporation opened a commercial office building down the block. Hosting not only its own career training services, the building brought new commercial enterprises to the struggling neighborhood such as Univeristy of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Citizens Bank.


Impressed with the revitalization of the neighborhood by Manchester Bidwell Corporation, other companies – including Mascaro Construction – relocated and built in the revitalizing neighborhood.


Not content to keep the philosophy of changing lives through positive environments limited to one neighborhood, Manchester Bidwell Corporation built the Drew Mathieson Center for Horticultural and Agricultural Technology on its campus.


Not only a hub for learning, the greenhouse is a commercial enterprise that exports beauty and hope in the form of flowers across the region.


In addition to its corporate and career training enterprises, Manchester Bidwell Corporation’s youth arts education program reaches into the surrounding communities. One example of this is the Paths to the Park performance art piece. Students, under the direction of internationally-renowned artist Julia Mandle, constructed shoes of chalk and walked through the neighborhood to delineate the ways people move through the community.

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