The Lusardi Building
Lusardi’s was a small eatery and confectionery owned and and operated by Cornelius “Corney” Lusardi from 1934 until his death in 1989. Located in downtown Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania near the courthouse, the establishment served as a gathering place for the legal community and community as a whole for decades. When Attorney Donaldson saw an opportunity to locate in the building, he jumped at the chance, because of the special significance that the building has in the community’s history.
The building also holds personal significance for Attorney Donaldson from his time working as an intern in the Public Defender’s Office in the mid-1970s, when Blair County Public Defender John Woodcock represented a serial killer facing the death penalty. During this time he was instilled with a desire to help people as a defense attorney. He connects this significant, formative time in his career with Lusardi’s, and the camaraderie he experienced while eating lunch there.