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Willis F. McCook, one of the nation’s first corporate lawyers, commissioned architects Carpenter and Crocker to design Mansions on Fifth in the early 1900s. The main building was built for his family and the second structure for his daughter, who was then engaged. Both mansions were designed in the Elizabethan Revivalist and Tudor styles and were constructed by Thomas Reilly, who also built St. Paul’s Cathedral in Pittsburgh. One of the most expensive construction projects of its time, the design called for the best craftsmen and the artistry is breathtaking. The luxury hotel offers art-glass windows, intricate ironwork, carved woodwork and detailed ornamentation throughout the estate.