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Springing Into Preservation with YPA

YPA May Mixer

Pittsburgh is welcoming the Main Street Now Conference this May!

May is also National Historic Preservation Month, so we’re hosting a special happy hour in downtown Pittsburgh on Tuesday May 2nd @ The Original Oyster House.

Join us to meet and mingle with YPA representatives, local preservationists and conference attendees.

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PHLF: Maintenance & Restoration of Wooden Windows

PHLF Resource Center
Join us at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center for our ongoing programs on house restoration, architecture, history and other aspects of historic preservation, community development, and urban planning.

Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, April 20th
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

In this workshop, learn the parts, terminology, and disassembly methods for wooden double hung windows. Stabilizing and repairing failing sash and frame components will also be covered. Interested participants that missed the exterior woodwork presentation in February may wish to attend this workshop because many of the same wood repair techniques will be revisited in the context of window repair.

About the Presenter

Regis Will is a woodworker, craftsman and owner of Vesta Home Services, a consulting firm on house restoration and Do-it-Yourself projects. He blogs about his work at The New Yinzer Workshop.

All lectures are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10

RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Check out http://phlf.org/events/ for more PHLF tours and events.

Innovation through Preservation: Exploring the Ties Between Historic Preservation and Sustainable Design

Alcoa BuildingJoin us at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center for our ongoing programs on house restoration, architecture, history and other aspects of historic preservation, community development, and urban planning.

Location: Strada Architecture, 611 William Penn Place, #700
Date: Thursday, April 6th
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Pittsburgh is home to many of the greenest and most self-sustaining buildings in the United States. However, what many fail to realize is that, often times, the greenest building is one that has already been built and that retrofitting existing structures is an immensely under-utilized method of steering a city in the direction of increased sustainability.

Join Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) and the Green Building Alliance (GBA) for an evening in which we discuss this complex and nuanced relationship between historic preservation and green building practices and principles. This event will feature speakers who will offer perspectives that relate to historic and cultural preservation, green building and design.

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

PHLF and GBA members: $15
Non-members: $25
Students: $10

Tickets are available online or by phone at (412) 773-6006.

Check out http://phlf.org/events/ for more PHLF tours and events.

PAST TENSE | FUTURE PERFECT: Preservation Event on Friday, March 24th at 7:00 pm

PAST TENSE | FUTURE PERFECT: Identifying Community Preservation Needs in Two Pittsburgh Neighborhoods on Friday, March 24th, 7:00 pm

How do we shape the future of our historic resources in East Liberty and the Northside, two neighborhoods significantly and irreversibly impacted by Mid-Twentieth Century Urban Renewal? Are the vestiges of Urban Renewal worth preserving? How do we protect our communities and their identities?

The Boards of Preservation Pittsburgh and the East Liberty Valley Historical Society, along with moderator Don Carter, FAIA, FAICP, LEED AP, invite you to participate in the discussion of these issues and more.

This event takes place at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church (116 S Highland Avenue) and is free of charge.

Casting Call for Vintage Homes in the Pittsburgh Area

The DIY Network is calling all homeowners with homes built before 1950. If you have a renovation project in the works, our professional team can help make it happen. We’re searching in the greater Pittsburgh area for couples and families that would like to complete a home renovation project before May or June 2017. Homeowners should already have the possible project mainly financed on their own. DIY Network will bring in experts to help with planning, work and budget. Please email your names, ages, contact info, a brief description of your project and photos of your home’s exterior, interior project and a recent family photo to laurenhoustoncasting@gmail.com. Interested applicants should respond ASAP.

Preservation Summit Being Hosted on

The Young Preservationists Association (YPA) will host Saving Sacred Places: A Preservation Summit on Thursday, March 23rd from 6:00-8:00 pm at The Priory (614 Pressley Street). Representatives from Partners for Sacred Places of Philadelphia, The Steeples Project of Johnstown, Preservation Pittsburgh, and more will be on hand to discuss and brainstorm solutions for abandoned and neglected churches. Suggested donation: $5 at the door.

For more information, visit youngpreservationists.org.

PHLF: Remodeling for First Time Home Owners

PHLF Resource Center
Join us at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center for our ongoing programs on house restoration, architecture, history, and other aspects of historic preservation, community development, and urban planning.

Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, February 23rd
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Join us for a workshop on how to plan a construction project in your home from concept through design and planning, to construction. This workshop will give you an overview of the general phases of a construction project; what to measure and what to expect.

About the Presenter

Ian Miller has been a general contractor since 2003, with projects ranging from changing a doorknob to building a $1.5 million house for 15 retired nuns. He is the owner of Zambano & Sons, a residential remodeling company, as well as partner in the HL2M Group, a design/build firm focused primarily on modular and shipping container construction. Ian and his family live in a 100-year-old house in Friendship.

All lectures are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10

RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Check out http://phlf.org/events/ for more PHLF tours and events.

Show Some Love with the Young Preservationists

Heart Bombing

Saturday, February 11th

Crafting: 10-11:30 am | 700 River Avenue
Installation: 12-2:00 pm | Wilkinsburg Train Station

Join YPA and friends to install heart bombs at historic sites in the Borough of Wilkinsburg. We’ll be braving the cold yet again to warm up some of our favorite regional preservation opportunities with some well-deserved love. This will be a one-day meetup of preservation-related crafting, exploration, discussion and advocacy. Meet YPA members and board at the Riverside Center for Innovation 1st Floor Conference Room at 10:00 am to craft signs of love for Wilkinsburg’s historic buildings. Then head to the Wilkinsburg Train Station (1001 Wood Street) at 12:00 noon to start the installation. Afterwards we’ll warm up at Nancy’s Diner nearby.

Heart Bomb sites scheduled for Saturday:

Wilkinsburg Train Station (1001 Wood Street)
Lohr Building (725 Wood Street)
Hunter Building (623 Penn Avenue)

PHLF: Exterior Woodwork Maintenance and Repair

PHLF Resource Center
Join us at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center for our ongoing programs on house restoration, architecture, history, and other aspects of historic preservation, community development, and urban planning.

Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, February 16th
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

In this workshop, we focus on how to maintain and repair the exterior woodwork of your house, and also discuss which products and techniques are best to use for such a house project.

About the Presenter

Regis Will is a woodworker, craftsman, and owner of Vesta Home Services, a consulting firm on house restoration and Do-it-Yourself projects. He blogs about his work at The New Yinzer Workshop.

All lectures are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10

RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Check out http://phlf.org/events/ for more PHLF tours and events.

PHLF: Modern Retrofits for Old Houses

PHLF Resource Center
Join us at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center for our ongoing programs on house restoration, architecture, history, and other aspects of historic preservation, community development, and urban planning.

Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, January 19th
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

This workshop will focus on discussion of the various house restoration items on the market that can be used to update the convenience of an older house while preserving its character and style. We will touch on topics like air conditioning, plumbing fixtures, doors and windows and kitchens.

About the Presenter

Regis Will is a woodworker, craftsman, and owner of Vesta Home Services, a consulting firm on house restoration and Do-it-Yourself projects. He blogs about his work at The New Yinzer Workshop.

All lectures are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10

RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Check out http://phlf.org/events/ for more PHLF tours and events.