Winthrop Realty Trust Announces Resignation of Peter Braverman as Executive Vice President and Appointment as President of

Winthrop Realty Trust Announces Resignation of Peter Braverman as Executive
Vice President and Appointment as President of Winthrop Management

BOSTON, April 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Winthrop Realty Trust (the
"Company") (NYSE:FUR) announced today that Peter Braverman has taken the
position of President of Winthrop Management L.P., the entity that provides
property management services for the Company's properties as well as for
specified third parties. As a result of the expected time commitment that will
be required of Mr. Braverman for his new responsibilities, Mr. Braverman has
elected to resign as the Executive Vice President of the Company. In addition
to his involvement in Winthrop Management, which currently manages in excess
of 9.5 million square feet of office retail and industrial space and more than
11,000 apartment units for the Company and other third parties, Mr. Braverman
will continue to maintain his office at the Company's Jericho, New York
offices and will consult on Company affairs.

About Winthrop Realty Trust

Winthrop Realty Trust, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, is a
NYSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on acquiring, owning,
operating and investing in real property as well as real estate financial
instruments including CMBS, bonds, REIT preferred and common stock. For more
information, please visit our web-site at www.winthropreit.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995. With the exception of the historical information contained in this news
release, the matters described herein contain "forward-looking" statements
that involve risk and uncertainties that may individually or collectively
impact the matters herein described. These are detailed from time to time in
the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's SEC reports. Further information
relating to the Company's financial position, results of operations, and
investor information is contained in the Company's annual and quarterly
reports filed with the SEC and available for download at its website
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: ctiffany@firstwinthrop.com