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PHLF: Down and Out but Not Dead

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Tuesday, July 9th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Down and Out but Not Dead

Stories from the Monongahela River Valley and Revitalization through Placemaking

This lecture highlights historic sites, communities, and events in the Monongahela River valley to help explain the resilience of the region in the context of industrial loss. We consider how various cultural resources and tools of historic preservation have been or could be used to spark economic rejuvenation in Mon Valley communities. Through consideration of the history of places like the Carrie Furnace, McKeesport International Village, or Elizabeth’s Plum Street, this lecture will gauge traditional and unconventional solutions to promoting and improving reinvestment opportunities in communities with limited resources or capacity to change the perception of “down and out” places in the Mon Valley and beyond.

About the Presenter: William (Will) Prince is the Main Street Manager of the Washington Business District Authority of Washington County. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Will completed a two-year stint of national service through AmeriCorps and the Student Conservation Association. He also managed and helped expand the nation’s first Trail Town Program at The Progress Fund connecting outdoor recreation and small-town revitalization. A former board member and president of the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh, Will is a graduate of the Master of Preservation Studies program at Tulane University. A native of the Mon Valley town of Elizabeth, Will continues to volunteer for his hometown’s Area Development Corporation.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 x 527.

PHLF: Abandoned America. States of Disrepair.

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, June 25th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Abandoned America

Join author and photographer Matthew Christopher for an exploration of ruins across our cities and countryside, as he shares a hauntingly beautiful portrait of the abandoned America around us. From steel mills and industrial sites to schools, churches, prisons, homes and more, Matthew’s work provides a glimpse into lost worlds that few get to visit firsthand.

With his travels broadening to ancient sites in Romania, Greece and India, we’ll learn more about the phenomenon of abandoned sites across the globe and discuss why preservation of our heritage is a concern everywhere, not just in our own communities.

About the Presenter: Matthew Christopher has had an interest in abandoned sites since he was a child, but started documenting them a decade ago while researching the decline of the state hospital system. His two books, Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream and Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences and his website, also titled Abandoned America, have chronicled the stories of modern ruins across the United States and gained international attention. He recently expanded his scope to document abandoned locations across the globe. Matthew has an MFA in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and has taught photography at a college level and now teaches photography workshops.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 x 527.

Thank You: Allegheny West Historic Timeline Exhibition

Submitted by Doris Short

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What an evening! What a fantastic crowd!

We would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to everyone that came to The Allegheny West Timeline Exhibition Opening Reception on Friday, May 17th. We are extremely grateful to have so many wonderful neighbors and friends. A big thank you again to our generous sponsors, donations, supporters and volunteers.

The Allegheny West Timeline Exhibition will be on display till June 20th.

Opening Hours (May): Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Opening Hours (June): Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Free Program: Allegheny West, Its Formative Years

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Northside historian John Canning and long-time Northside resident Larry Ehrlich will present an informal and insightful program focusing on the early decades of Allegheny West, recounting the the struggles and success stories of this small but significant Northside neighborhood. They will highlight the role of key community issues, passionate residents, and developmental programs that contributed to the evolution of the Allegheny West community that exists today. The program is in conjunction with the Allegheny West Timeline Exhibition currently on display, which can be viewed prior to the beginning of the program.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
CCAC Gallery at West Hall, Allegheny Campus
826 Ridge Avenue

The program is in conjunction with the Allegheny West Timeline Exhibition currently on display at CCAC Gallery at West Hall. This program is FREE to the public. RSVPs are appreciated: dorisshort.aiga@gmail.com or (412) 916-0007.

About the Presenters

John Canning is the vice-president of the Allegheny City Society, which is dedicated to preserving the history of the Northside prior to its annexation to Pittsburgh. John is a life-long resident of the Northside and writes a monthly column about its history and current Northside traditions. He currently lives in the Central Northside.

Larry Ehrlich was a long time Allegheny West resident and community activist. Unofficial photographer of many of the early AW events.

PHLF: How to List Your House in the National Register of Historic Places

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, June 6th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

National Register of Historic Places

Have you ever wondered about what it means—or what it would take—to get your house or a building listed in the National Register of Historic Places? Do you know the potential benefits of National Register listing? Are you interested in pursuing National Register designation for your house, but are unsure of the procedural requirements?

Join us for this lecture and learn about the history of the National Register Program; the criteria for listing a property, and learn the basic components of a National Register Form. This lecture will also touch on tips for conducting research on your property, the procedural requirements for completing a nomination, and the benefits of listing a property in the National Register.

About the Presenter: Jesse Belfast is an architectural historian at Michael Baker International, where he is involved in numerous aspects of historic preservation through National Register-designation of buildings and management of mitigation processes around real estate projects involving historic buildings.

Based in Michael Baker’s Moon Township office since 2003, his work revolves around Section 106 compliance, historic context studies, National Register of Historic Places nominations, historic architecture surveys, state inventory form preparation, criteria of effects evaluations, and other aspects of compliance regarding historic buildings and resources. Some of his prominent projects include National Register nominations for the Strip Historic District and the Lawrenceville Historic District, Historic American Engineering Record documentation for the Civic Arena, and historic architectural inventories for seven Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

A native of San Diego, Mr. Belfast holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Duke University and a Master of Arts degree in History from Carnegie Mellon University.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 x 527.

Historic Preservation Grants & Tax Credits Workshop

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Historic tax credits and Keystone grants are vital tools in revitalizing older buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. These financial incentives encourage private investment, create jobs, and return abandoned or underutilized properties to active service. Successful projects balance the building’s and neighborhood’s historic character with the property’s new or continued use by using the National Park Service’s Standards for Rehabilitation as guidance.

May 24th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Rodef Shalom Synagogue
Registration is requested by Friday, May 17th

How can architects, design professionals, communities and property owners take advantage of these programs? Join Preservation Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) for this workshop to learn more about these important state and federal incentive programs.

Agenda includes:

  • Understanding and applying the National Park Service’s Standards for Rehabilitation to historic properties;
  • Overview of the federal and state historic tax credit programs including program eligibility, the application & review process, and a best practices case study;
  • and introduction to Pennsylvania’s Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program.

Learn More and Register

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For more information, please contact Bill Callahan, PA SHPO’s Western Region Community Preservation Coordinator
at wcallahan@pa.gov or (412) 565-3575.

2019 Allegheny West Preservation Awards

Submitted by Carole Malakoff

The Allegheny West Civic Council along with The Allegheny West Local Review Committee announce the 11th Annual Allegheny West Preservation Awards. These awards are presented to property owners in Allegheny West who have completed projects over the past year, retaining or restoring appropriate elements of historic character and adhering to the neighborhood guidelines. The success of these projects was attained by doing research, creating well thought-out plans, following neighborhood historic guidelines and working with the neighborhood LRC and the City HRC to seek advice on the application process and guidelines.

The 2019 award recipients are:

828 West North Avenue

Owner, Q Development

This structure was built in 1902 as a warp and weavers supply business with carpet cleaning on the second floor. In 1925 it became the Katsafanas Coffee Co. It was purchased by Q Development in 2016 for their offices. The brick was cleaned. Parapets were restored. The 1925 limestone “Katsafanas Coffee Co.” sign on the main façade was restored. Limestone sills were gently cleaned. Windows were restored to match the existing. The one-story hand painted sign on the west façade was restored.

847 Western Avenue

Owner, Keane George

Keane and his architect, John Francona, worked with the LRC to select missing façade elements on this building, formerly a laundromat. After much discussion and on-site visits, the final selection of tiles was appropriate in color and material to reflect the existing.

The Visual Arts Center

Owner, Community College of Allegheny County

These three projects greatly add to the historic ambience of the neighborhood streets, contribute to the economic development of our neighborhood, and enhance the quality of life in Allegheny West. To celebrate Preservation Month, the awards will be presented at the this month’s membership meeting.

Opening Reception: Allegheny West Historic Timeline Exhibition

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Celebrating Over Five Decades of Rebuilding the Smallest Neighborhood in Pittsburgh

Allegheny West Civic Council is pleased to present the Allegheny West Historic Timeline Exhibition, in collaboration with Community College of Allegheny County.

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
CCAC Gallery at West Hall, Allegheny Campus on the Northside
826 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15233
Free and open to the public | Light refreshments will be served

The exhibition will be on display:

May 17 – June 20 [extended]

May Hours:
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

June Hours:
Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

The Allegheny West Historic Timeline Exhibition will be a celebration of the Allegheny West Civic Council’s 5 decades, focusing on struggles and success stories of a small neighborhood that progressed through passionate residents and finding solutions for future improvements. The exhibition will also show how this neighborhood came to be. Learn about the people that have called – and do call – its tree-lined streets and historic houses home. The graphic timeline and videos will inform and entertain to help gain a stronger understanding by documenting and archiving significant events and serve as an educational tool for generations to come.

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Pat Rooney Brings Back The Fountain Of Her Youth On The Northside

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And so into 1997 — she joined with others in forming the Allegheny Commons Initiative which with the help of foundations and private donors is now $4 million into a $20 million dollar restoration plan. But Mrs. Rooney’s own dream has already been realized — the restoration of this gem – the original fountain at the corner of North and Cedar — the fountain of her youth.

“I feel so joyful. I came up the other day because someone said the water was on. I said ‘what?’ I felt like I was 10 again.”

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Letter from the President – April 2019

Historic Preservation is always a topic of discussion in Allegheny West and for good reason.

The Allegheny West Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Allegheny West is one of twelve city historic districts in Pittsburgh. Each historic district has published guidelines that are designed to “help individual property owners formulate plans for the rehabilitation, preservation, and continued use of old buildings consistent with the intent of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standard for Rehabilitation.” These Guidelines for Historic Districts are available on the City of Pittsburgh website at pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/historic. Historic District maps are also available at this website, showing detailed boundaries of each district.

Because Allegheny West is a city historic district, all exterior work that is visible from a right of way, a street or an alley, needs a Certificate of Appropriateness (CoA), and, depending on the type of project, possibly a building permit. The Local Historic Review Commission (LHRC) and the Historic Review Commission (HRC) use the guidelines when reviewing appropriateness of proposed exterior alterations in designated historic districts.

Recent agendas for both the AWCC Membership and Housing and Planning meetings have included topics related to LHRC and HRC. Two notable items are a proposed expansion of the current Allegheny West historic district boundary and the Stables Building project on W North Avenue.

Because of these topics, because we have quite a few new neighbors and because we could all use a refresher on the special rules that come with living in a designated historic district, we have invited Sarah Quinn, Planner with the City of Pittsburgh, to join us at the April Membership meeting and review the Historic Review Commission objectives and process.

Topics to be covered include:

  • HRC applications for proposed work – how to submit them and fees involved
  • HRC versus LHRC
  • Allegheny West neighborhood guidelines and where to access them
  • Historic district affect on property values
  • Differences between property use and historic value – i.e. a structure can be any “use” (residential, commercial, industrial, mixed, etc.) and can be deemed historic

Sarah’s presentation will be an hour in length and will be the first item on the agenda. Please plan to attend!

Ann Gilligan
President, AWCC