Winthrop Realty Trust Acquires Matured Mortgage Loan Secured by Office Building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Winthrop Realty Trust Acquires Matured Mortgage Loan Secured by Office
Building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

BOSTON, Dec. 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR)
announced today that it has acquired a non-performing first mortgage loan
secured by a 20-story, 514,000 square foot office building located at 1515
Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The loan, which is currently in
maturity default, has an outstanding balance, exclusive of interest, default
interest and late charges, of approximately $70 million and was acquired for
approximately $56.85 million.

About Winthrop Realty Trust

Winthrop Realty Trust is a NYSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT)
headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.Additional information on Winthrop
Realty Trust is available on its Web site at www.winthropreit.com.

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the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's SEC reports.Further information
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www.winthropreit.com or at the SEC website www.sec.gov.

CONTACT: Winthrop Realty Trust
         Beverly Bergman
         Investor or Media Inquiries
         Phone: (617) 570-4614
         e-mail: bbergman@firstwinthrop.com