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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.

PHLF: Researching Your House History

Do you live in an old house? Ever wondered about the people who built it, and the lives that unfolded there before you? Find out about the people who influenced the spaces in which your life takes place, and discover how your house fits within the history and evolution of the surrounding neighborhood and the city.

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

In this lecture, Kelley Stroup will discuss methods and sources that can be used to discover both the construction and personal history of a house. Included will be discussion of chain of title, historical documents and directories, maps, and public records searches, which help people tell the stories of their houses.

About the Presenter

Kelley Stroup is the founder and principal of House/Story, a historical research firm that specializes in chronicling house histories. Long fascinated by history and the built environment, Kelley nurtured her love of architecture and history in college, and received her BA in historic preservation from Mary Washington College. She also holds an MA in historic preservation and an MFA in architectural history from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

This lecture is free to PHLF members. Non-members: $5

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

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

2016 Allegheny West Preservation Awards

Submitted by Carole Malakoff

The Allegheny West Civic Council, along with The Allegheny West Local Review Committee, announces the 8th 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 2016 Awards Recipients

705 Brighton Road, The Willock House
Owner: Q Development

This is an extensive restoration of both the interior and exterior, as well as the hardscape and landscaping around the building. The exterior work included masonry cleaning and repair to the foundation, the front steps, porch, and chimneys; reconstruction of the copper gutters and cornices; installation of new double-hung wood windows; refinishing of the exterior wood trim; installation of a new front door; and replacing sections of the roof. All of this work was planned to meet The Allegheny West Historic Guidelines and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards. This project is an example of the highest quality of historic restoration. We are very pleased and proud to have it in our neighborhood.

827 N Lincoln Avenue
Owner: Ivor Hill

This developer worked with the LRC and the HRC over a period of a year to achieve a new porch design that reflects the historic character of this 19th century house. The final design is a porch that spans the entire front elevation of the house, with architectural elements that reflect the original: wood balustrades and railing, massive columns with decorative trim, and front stairs with an iron railing. This renovation greatly enhances the streetface of the 800 block of North Lincoln Avenue.

West Hall
Owner: Community College of Allegheny County

Work is being completed on West Hall, on the 800 block of Ridge Avenue. Representatives of CCAC met with both the LRC and AWCC several times over the last two years, initially discussing the historic appropriateness of the project and then keeping us updated on its progress. This project included brick and stone cleaning, installation of new windows, elimination of several window louvers and moving others to make them less obvious; pouring a new aggregate sidewalk; installing new front doors while retaining the original entrance design, and screening the loading dock in the rear. This well-planned project is an example of the neighborhood and the college working together for a common cause: the preservation of our historic structures.



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 Membership Meeting of the Allegheny West Civic Council on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:30 pm at Calvary United Methodist Church, on the corner of Beech and Allegheny Avenues.

International Award Goes to Allegheny West

Submitted by John DeSantis

The National Ornamental Metals Association has honored a recent Allegheny West project among the finest in the world. The newly installed massive iron gates along Galveston Avenue at the corner of Western have been recognized with the international organization’s second-highest award – The Silver Medallion.

Representing more than 9,000 shops in a dozen countries, the members of NOMA gathered in March for their annual MetalFab Conference. One of the highlights of the Conference each year is the competition among hundreds of projects seeking to be recognized by their peers for excellence in design and execution. The 600 iron artisans who vote for the selection are looking for complexity and difficulty, originality, and craftsmanship.

Gate Detail

detail of the prize-winning iron gate

For iron artist Bob Thomas, whose forge is located in Charleston South Carolina, his first submission to the competition turned out to be a winner. Thomas had been commissioned to design and construct the ornamental iron gates and fence by The Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show, whose offices are located on that corner. When he first met his clients, they took him on a walking tour of the neighborhood – pointing out the extraordinary collection of authentic 19th century ironwork that has survived and been preserved in Allegheny West. Considering that much of this original architectural detail was commissioned for the homes of robber barons who owned their own iron and steel mills, Thomas immediately understood the magnitude of the task before him. He was expected to design and fabricate a set of gates that could hold their own in the company of some of the finest iron work ever made.

Bob Thomas expressed gratitude to the Home & Garden Show for providing the opportunity to create such an extravagant work of art. And he notes with pride that his gates will be enjoyed and admired for generations to come, by visitors who photograph and sketch them alongside their historic 19th century counterparts.

Tomorrow: Affordable Housing Deliberative Forum

When: Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 6:00-8:30 pm
Where: National Association of Letter Carriers, 841 California Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15212

It’s not too late to join us at one of five Affordable Housing Deliberative Forums. Your input is crucial to this process. All residents are welcome!

Modeled after the highly successful Police Chief and Capital Budget public meetings, these new forums will give neighbors a chance to learn about the work of the Affordable Housing Task Force. The forums will also provide an opportunity for the community to provide input on affordable housing issues, specifically relating to policies, programs or initiatives designed to increase the supply of affordable housing in the City of Pittsburgh.

Each forum will include:

  • A brief overview of the Affordable Housing Task Force and Affordable Housing in Pittsburgh
  • Small group discussions of priorities recommended by the task force
  • Q&A opportunities with the panel members
  • Food will be served

All forums contain the same presented content, and are open to every resident of the City of Pittsburgh. Families are encouraged to attend and participate.

Register: tinyurl.com/affordable412

Please call Sally Stadelman at (412) 255-4773 or email sally.stadelman@pittsburghpa.gov with any questions. Walk-in registration will be available on the day of the forum.