Brian Mendelssohn

Brian has had overall responsibility for Botero Development since 2007. He is an expert on neighborhood development, business district revitalization, historic renovation, interior design, film distribution, and pinball.

Previously, he led a 30 member team as the director of construction for Hawthorne Development, a Chicago-based condominium conversion company. Prior to that, he was a project manager at Ariba (FreeMarkets) in Pittsburgh. Brian earned a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where he received the Senior Leadership Award. He is on the Board of Bike Pittsburgh.

Irwin Mendelssohn

Irwin joined Botero Development in 2015 and focuses on financing, new project development, and business operations. He is an expert on long-term investing, business district revitalization, experiential retail, and food system infrastructure.

Previously, he was Head of Institutional Investors at the World Economic Forum, managing the Forum’s relationships with long-term investors such as sovereign wealth funds and pension funds. He also oversaw global initiatives on long-term investing, infrastructure investment, and capital markets development. Prior to that, he was a project manager at Northern Trust in Chicago. Irwin earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management; an MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University; and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Florida.

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The Mysteries of Pittsburgh


If you spend any time on Butler Street, you’re bound to run into Brian Mendelssohn, 39, an influential developer…. He is a developer with the soul of a preservationist. “I consider myself a neighborhood developer,… I want Lawrenceville to evolve, but I don’t want to change what it is fundamentally.”


36 Hours in Pittsburgh


Movie Madness. A quirky lineup of films is shown at the single-screen Row House Cinema while brews from Pittsburgh and beyond are stocked at the adjoining (Bierport), a beer shop featuring over 500 selections that you can buy and bring into the theater.


Industrial action


Convinced of the opportunities, Mendelssohn traded his lab coat for land and became a property developer and entrepreneur. He launched various projects throughout his adopted home including a gift-card boutique, a craft-beer shop and his latest endeavour, an independent cinema called Row House.


How One Pittsburgh Man Became A Successful Renovator, Flipper, And Business Owner During The Recession


At 31, just before the economy crashed, Mendelssohn took the plunge: He quit his day job to start his then one-man Botero Development.