About ยป Dollar Bank Heritage Center

Investing in Community, Businesses and People

As a bank focused solely on customers' needs, we at Dollar Bank strongly believe in the importance of helping local communities grow and thrive.  Throughout the years, Dollar Bank has invested in the success of our communities in a variety of ways. 

Disaster Relief in Response to the Chicago and Midwest Fires, 1871

The city of Chicago was not the ony Midwestern community whose residents suffered from a catastrophic fire on October 8, 1871. That same night, the lumber town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, was destroyed by a wildfire, and three Michigan towns -- Holland, Manistee and Port Huron -- also burned. Learn more>>

Disaster Relief in Response to the Johnstown Flood, 1889

When Pittsburghers woke up on the morning of Saturday, June 1, 1889, they opened their newspapers and were confronted with reports of a terrible calamity less than a hundred miles away. The previous afternoon, the South Fork Dam in the Conemaugh Valley had suffered a catastrophic failure after 24 hours of heavy rainfall. Learn more>>

Dollar Bank's Contributions to Job Relief During the Great Depression

When the unemployment rate soared in Allegheny County during the Great Depression, local businesses and everyday citizens stepped up to fund a job relief program created and managed by business leaders. In the early 1930s, Dollar Bank contributed annually to the Emergency Fund. Learn more>>

Helping Mercy Hospital Best Provide Care to Those Most in Need

On July 21, 1916, Dollar Bank's Board of Trustees approved a loan of $450,000 to the Sisters of Mercy to help finance an expansion of Mercy Hospital. This enormous sum (equivalent to about $10 million today) was three-quarters of the project's $600,000 budget. Learn more >>

Rodef Shalom's First Synagogue

Dollar Bank helped finance the construction of Rodef Shalom's first synagogue.  In November 1861, Dollar Bank issued a $5,000 mortgage to the congregation of Rodef Shalom as construction of their synagogue was underway. The total project cost was estimated at $35,000.  Learn more>>

Rebuilding Horner School in Wilkinsburg

On the morning of October 3, 1915, residents of Wilkinsburg woke up to terrible news. Horner School, at Wallace and North Avenues, had been gutted by fire in a devastating overnight blaze, despite the efforts of firefighters from Wilkinsburg and City of Pittsburgh Fire Companies No. 16 and 29. Learn more >>

The Expansion of Sewickley Academy

The oldest independent school in Western Pennsylvania, Sewickley Academy settled onto its present campus on Academy Avenue in 1928. After World War II, enrollment increased from 142 to 235 students, making expansion of the Academy's facilities a necessity. Learn more >>

The Expansion of Holy Family Institute

In March 1916, Dollar Bank approved a $50,000 loan to the Orphan Asylum of the Holy Family, located in Emsworth. The loan helped fund an expansion of the institute's dorms and classrooms. Learn more >>

Benedum-Trees Oil Company Loan

Among the mortgages issued by Dollar Bank in 1921 was a loan for $300,000 to the Benedum-Trees Oil Company on the company's headquarters building on Fourth Avenue. The iconic building at 223 Fourth Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh has been known as the Benedum-Trees Building for more than a century. Learn more >>

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