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AWCC Membership Meeting Agenda – April 14, 2015

7:00 – Candidates’ Forum

8:30 – Guest Speakers

8:35 – Welcoming New Neighbors and AWCC Members

8:40 – Minutes (review/corrections from last meeting)

8:45 – Treasurer’s Report

8:50 – LRC Nominations for Historic Preservation Request

  • Budget request for 2 plaques not to exceed $100 each

9:00 – Pancake Supper Request

9:05 – City Council Grants

9:05 – 928 – 930 Western Avenue Update

9:10 – Neighbor of the Year / NSLC Annual Dinner

  • Neighbor of the Year Nominations
  • Budget request for tickets for Annual Dinner 6/11

9:20 – NSLC (budget request for annual dues – $75)

9:21 – Upcoming Membership Events

9:25 – Friends aka: Public Spaces (follow up to 4/11 Tree Well)

9:30 – New Business

9:35 – Q&A w/ Committee Chairs

 

DIY Workshop: Reimagining Kitchens in Old and Historic Homes

Saturday, April 11, 2015
10:00 am — 11:30 am

Remodeling a kitchen can be a challenging and costly endeavor. Renovating a kitchen in an older house can come with even more obstacles and uncertainty. Making sure the design plans are right is critical. This workshop will touch on a variety of kitchen design topics including, assessing needs and function in a modern-era kitchen, tips for embracing troublesome openings and obstacles, and choosing a style that is timeless for older- and newer-houses. We will also discuss planning for adequate lighting, differences in cabinet styles and finishes, typical space allowances, making the space adaptable for multiple users and abilities, budgeting, and more.

About the presenter: Julie Graf has 15 years experience as a Certified Kitchen Designer and is the owner of One of a Kind Design. She is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, an Allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers, and an adjunct Interior Design faculty member at Chatham University.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

DIY Workshop: Finishing Interior Trim

Thursday, March 26, 2015
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Installing interior trim adds the finishing touches to a remodeling or construction project.  Trim can be decorative, but it also serves a purpose to hide gaps where walls meet floors, windows, and doors.  In this workshop, students will learn about the types of materials used, tools for installing trim, and how to install baseboards and window and door casing.

About the presenter: Michael R. Wetmiller is a Pennsylvania-Registered Home Improvement Contractor specializing in interior renovation.  He grew up in a family of tradesmen and attended a four-year carpenter’s apprenticeship training program.  He became a Journeyman Carpenter in 1999.  Michael has worked in both commercial and residential construction in all phases from foundations to finish carpentry.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

DIY Workshop: Drywall 101

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Learn some basic carpentry skills while building a sawing bench. Learn to use a saw, chisel, square and more, while making a bench that is useful for more than just sawing. Learn to choose basic tools that are useful for home projects. Audience participation and hands-on demonstration is what drives this type of workshop. Come learn this method and use some tools.

About the presenter: Michael Wetmiller is a Pennsylvania-registered Home Improvement Contractor with many years of experience in the building trades. His unique background combines professional experience as both a carpenter and an educator. Michael is currently a middle school principal, but he started out as a journeyman carpenter and has experience in commercial and residential construction. He attended a four-year carpenter’s apprenticeship training program and holds degrees in Economics and Education from Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

DIY Workshop: Carpentry Basics

Saturday, March 21, 2015
10:00 am — 11:30 am

Learn some basic carpentry skills while building a sawing bench. Learn to use a saw, chisel, square and more, while making a bench that is useful for more than just sawing. Learn to choose basic tools that are useful for home projects. Audience participation and hands-on demonstration is what drives this type of workshop. Come learn this method and use some tools.

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.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

DIY Workshop: How to Frame a Wall

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Wood framing is the structural skeleton of your house. If you are planning a remodeling project that includes opening walls or adding on, this workshop will help you tackle the job in a safe and structurally sound manner. Students will learn safe use of hand and power tools, layout, measuring, cutting, and ultimately how to frame a wall with a window and a door.

About the presenter: Michael R. Wetmiller is a Pennsylvania Registered Home Improvement Contractor specializing in interior renovation. He grew up in a family of tradesmen and attended a four-year carpenter’s apprenticeship training program. He became a Journeyman Carpenter in 1999. Michael has worked in both commercial and residential construction in all phases from foundations to finish carpentry.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

DIY Workshop: Introduction to Home Improvement

Thursday, March 12, 2015
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Every house owner knows that there comes a point when a house, regardless of it condition, will need repairs and other improvements. The ability to complete even the smallest home improvement begins with a basic foundation of skills with hand tools and power tools. In this workshop, you will learn how to use the most common hand tools and power tools of the trade to complete basic home improvements and repairs.

About the presenter: Michael R. Wetmiller is a Pennsylvania Registered Home Improvement Contractor specializing in interior renovation. He grew up in a family of tradesmen and attended a four-year carpenter’s apprenticeship training program. He became a Journeyman Carpenter in 1999. Michael has worked in both commercial and residential construction in all phases from foundations to finish carpentry.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

Workshop: Re-imagining Kitchens in Old and Historic Houses

Saturday, February 21, 2015
10:00 am ‑ 11:30 am

Remodeling a kitchen can be a challenging and costly endeavor. Renovating a kitchen in an older house can come with even more obstacles and uncertainty. Making sure the design plans are right is critical. This workshop will touch on a variety of kitchen design topics, including assessing needs and function in a modern-era kitchen, tips for embracing troublesome openings and obstacles, and choosing a style that is timeless for older and newer houses. We will also discuss planning for adequate lighting, differences in cabinet styles and finishes, typical space allowances, making the space adaptable for multiple users and abilities, budgeting, and more.

About the presenter: Julie Graf has 15 years experience as a Certified Kitchen Designer and is the owner of One of a Kind Design. She is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, an Allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers, and an adjunct Interior Design faculty member at Chatham University.

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join!

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

Lecture: A New Deal for Old Key West: A Case Study of Preservation and Populism

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
6:00 pm ‑ 8:00 pm

Come hear the story of how the preservation of history and architecture played a fundamental role in the economic revitalization of Key West, Florida, during the years of the Great Depression. This case study of how Key West engendered a new dimension in historic preservation practice, and cultivated an awareness of local history, holds lessons for all of us in historic preservation.

About the presenter: Dr. Matthew Hyland is an assistant professor of History at Duquesne University. His areas of specialization include historic preservation studies, public history, and American architecture. At Duquesne, he teaches courses in all of these fields and enjoys the public outreach he and his students do through service learning.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This lecture is free and open to the public.

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

Spring is Renovation Time – Your LRC is Here to Help

Submitted by Carole Malakoff

Allegheny West homeowners and businesspeople: Are you contemplating exterior renovations to your property this Spring? If so, you may want to contact your Local Historic Review Committee. We are a group of residents and property owners convened by the City Historic Review Commission to review exterior renovation projects, to help property owners manage the building permit process, and to provide our recommendations to you, as the property owner, and the City Historic Review Commission.

Because Allegheny West is a City Historic District, all exterior work that is visible from a right-of-way, a street or alley, needs a Certificate of Appropriateness, and, depending on the type of project, possibly a building permit. Once you have a concept, idea, or plan, check the Allegheny West Historic Guidelines. These guidelines are posted on-line on the City HRC site. If your project fits the guidelines or is fairly simple and straightforward, such as painting, you may be able to get approval for a Certificate of Appropriateness “over the counter” at 200 Ross Street, Downtown. The person you will need to contact for this is Sarah Quinn, the City Historic Preservation Planner, (412) 255-2243 or sarah.quinn@pittsburghpa.gov.

However, if you are planning a more significant project, such as replacement of windows or doors, installation of a fence, porch, or addition, you will need to have a hearing before the Historic Review Commission. In the second instance, please contact us, your local committee. We will review your plans, make recommendations, and help you get through the process. To be put on the LRC’s agenda, contact Carole Malakoff, carolemalakoff@hotmail.com.

Warning – Do not proceed with work without a building permit or a CofA! Property owners who have done so in the past have been cited by Building Inspection. Time and money had to be expended to resolve the situations, and projects were delayed.

If you have specific questions, be sure to attend February’s AWCC meeting. Sarah Quinn, the City Historic Planner will be there to talk about the process, guidelines, and answer your specific questions.