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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

PHLF: Repairing Double Hung Windows

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, January 31st
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Learn about all the parts of your double hung windows; how to disassemble and more importantly re-assemble them properly. This workshop will also include tips on how to fix the most common problems related to operation of the windows. The hands-on-demonstration workshop will be presented using an actual window.

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 events are free to PHLF members. This is event is free and open to the public, too! Contact for more details: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

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

Lecture: Restoring the Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail

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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: Tuesday, January 29th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

The Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail by H.H. Richardson (1884-88), is one of the most significant of Pittsburgh’s great buildings. In 2014, Allegheny County commissioned the architecture firm of Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel to develop a multi-year plan to comprehensively renovate and restore this National Historic Landmark.

In this lecture, you will learn about the fact-gathering phase of the restoration process so far, which includes a detailed physical investigation of the building and facts about the original materials used on the building, its structure, assembly, and forward-thinking mechanical and electrical systems. We will also look at some of the changes that the building has undergone over the years. It is through understanding the building’s existing conditions in light of the original intent of its architect that we can help plan the process to ensure that the Courthouse remains a functioning and iconic landmark for generations to come.

About the Presenter

Jessica Stuck, AIA, began her professional career in upstate New York working on historic preservation projects including rehabilitation of the iconic Rotunda at the University of Virginia, the Vanderbilt Mansion, and restoration of historic churches in eastern New York and western Massachusetts. She joined Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel in 2014, where she has maintained a focus in preservation, restoration, and the adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Jessica was the project manager for developing the Allegheny County Courthouse facilities plan.

All lectures are free to PHLF members. This lecture is free and open to the public, too!

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

Support Manchester Historic Society During GiveBig Pittsburgh

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Manchester Historic Society needs your help! Please join us during GiveBig Pittsburgh on Novemeber 27th and help us get closer to our goal of restoring the Colonel James Anderson House in Manchester.

Starting at 12:00 am on November 27th, visit givebigpittsburgh.com and make a donation to us and/or to any of the great participating nonprofit organizations in Pittsburgh. You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 11:59 pm on November 27th/sup>.

Questions? If you have any questions or would like more information, let us know. You can contact MHS at info@manchesterhistoricsocietypa.com or (412) 447-8692. Thank you in advance for your generosity to our organization!

Preservation Pittsburgh Event at Threadbare Cider

Please join us on Tuesday, November 13th from 6:00-9:00 pm at Threadbare Cider House & Meadery in Spring Garden on the Northside.

Threadbare opened in October 2017 in a 10,000 square foot former tannery. Their cider & mead business grew out of the family-owned Wigle Whiskey enterprise.

1291 Spring Garden Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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Our members are invited to learn more about Preservation Pittsburgh projects and enjoy libations, tours, and remarks by our gracious hosts at Threadbare.

Light refreshments will be provided (pizza and one cider pour). There will be the option to purchase additional drinks and take-home bottles. A portion of sales will be donated to Preservation Pittsburgh.

Free parking is available in Threadbare’s lot and there is additional street parking on Voskamp.

The Annual Meeting is a member appreciation event and thus admission is complimentary for current Preservation Pittsburgh members. To join or renew online:

preservationpgh.org/membership

Non-members and guests of members are welcome with an admission charge of $15. To purchase tickets:

preservationpittsburghannualevent2018.eventbrite.com

For questions regarding membership status and to RSVP: mmcswigan@preservationpgh.org Advance reservations are required.

PHLF: Restoring Murals

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

In this presentation, we consider art appreciation in regards to exterior and interior murals with an examination of the history of murals tracing it back to its origins. We consider the different approaches to commercial and artistic mural painting. This will include a look at examples of contemporary mural painting and its significance and the emotional impact considering the importance of proper choice of style and subject to support the architectural situation and enhance community life.

About the Presenter: Boris Brindar is a second-generation art conservator. He got his start in the field at a young age, working with his dad, then the Head of Conservation Labs at the Russian State Museum in Leningrad. Boris is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Leningrad where he received a degree in conservation and art history. He has more than 33 years of professional experience.

All events 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: Glass Cutting and Window Re-Glazing

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, September 20th
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

In this workshop, you will learn how to cut glass and reglaze panes and get some hands on experience. Find out about different kinds of glazing putty, how to get the old putty out without breaking the glass, and tools for putty and glass cutting, and perhaps some paint removal and wood repair if time allows.

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 events 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: Upcoming Walking Tours & Events

Participate in Our Free Friday Downtown Walking Tours and Neighborhood Tours

Hearing the history and the stories of the people who shaped the Schenley Farms neighborhood while walking around and looking at the buildings and houses was a great way to learn. It was interesting to see up close the architectural diversity and unity among the various houses in this planned community.

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“I’m somewhat familiar with Oakland, but I learned a lot.” – Roberta Shope

  • Grant Street (from Sixth to Fourth avenues): Fridays in May, 10:00 to 11:00 am
  • Grant Street (from Sixth to Liberty avenues): Fridays in May, Noon to 1:00 pm
  • Point Breeze: Saturday, June 2nd, 1:30 to 3:00 pm
  • And the Jail Museum every Monday (except on court holidays): visit between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm

See the beauty and discover the stories of significant places in the Pittsburgh Region. Check out the many tours we have listed on our Calendar of Events and contact Mary Lu Denny (412) 471-5808 x 527 to make reservations.

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Click here for our schedule of Neighborhood Walking Tours – new this year, thanks to our docents!

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Click here to read about Special Tours, including “Downtown’s Best” on Thursday mornings (June through August) and our “Greatest Saves” Bus Tour on September 30th, in celebration of our 54th birthday!