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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.

Workshop: Painting Your Old House

Saturday, January 24, 2015
10:00 am ‑ 11:30 am

Skilled restoration painting for your old house is all about the details. The texture and finish of the job is dependent on varying and important factors like appropriate color selection and fine painting craftsmanship.

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About the presenter: Lucas Markantone of Lucas Markantone Painting is the second-generation proprietor of a family-owned business with more than 55 years of experience in painting houses and commercial properties.

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: Maintenance is Preservation

Saturday, January 17, 2015
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

Maintaining an old or historic house can sometimes be overwhelming, especially if it has been put off for a while. Come learn how to determine urgent needs and what can wait, when to hire a contractor, and when to Do-it-Yourself.  Learn how to create a maintenance schedule to keep your property on track and reduce maintenance costs.

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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.

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 

Preservation Lecture: National Register and Local Historic District Designations

Thursday, January 15, 2015
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

Have you ever wondered about what it would take to get your house or commercial building listed on the National Register of Historic Places? Do you know the requirements and implications of a City-designated Historic Landmark? Are you a member of a community group that is interested in designating your neighborhood as an historic district? And what’s with the Historic Landmark Plaque you see on so many buildings, bridges, and landmarks?

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If you have ever wondered about any of these questions and have an interest in learning more about historic these designations and their implications, from the federal to state, and local levels, then then join us at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center for a comprehensive lecture on National Register and Local Historic Designations.

This lecture will include presentations by experts who will discuss what these designations mean, the advantages and distinctions of each, and the process of nominating buildings and neighborhoods for listing on the National Register of Historic Places or City of Pittsburgh- designation of historic buildings and districts.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

Our Christmas Tour, 2014

Submitted by Carole Malakoff

My issue of the Victorian Homes Holiday issue arrived last week. Our Christmas Tour is listed on “The Spectator” page again this year. This means that potential visitors from all around the country will pick up the information about our tour. Last year we had visitors come from the tri-state area, New York, and as far away as California.

I titled this story Our Christmas Tour because the funds raised from this event benefit all of us who live and work in Allegheny West. The funds raised from this event go toward neighborhood beautification, remediation of problem properties, social events, etc. The Tour Committee is asking everyone to GET INVOLVED.

Of course, we will need help the weekend of the tour with house sitting, guiding tours, lighting luminaries, and decorating our streets. Right now we need homeowners to step forward and offer to open your homes for the tour. Many of us have done this over the years. Some have done it every year, for 32 years. We need some of you who have not participated before to do so. Please DO NOT sit back and think that it is not your responsibility or that “someone else will do it”. It is the responsibility of all of us to see that our neighborhood continues on an uphill mode.

So-o-o, if a member of the Tour Committee asks you to open your home this year, please say, “Yes this is the year that I can make a big contribution to my community”. Yes, it is stressful, but help is out there if you need it, and it is a great ego booster. Visitors always offer compliments on the work you’ve done.

Contact Carole Malakoff:

(412) 321-3612 carolemalakoff@hotmail.com

The next meeting of the Tour Committee is on Thursday evening, October 16 at 7:30 pm at 913 Brighton Road. Everyone is invited to attend. Come and find out what you can do to help!

WANTED: Hosts for Allegheny Commons Meet & Greets!

Love Allegheny Commons Park and looking for a way to meet new people in the neighborhood?

Host an Allegheny Commons Meet & Greet! These small gatherings with neighbors, light food and beverages exist to celebrate Allegheny Commons and to inform the community about the park restoration process. Hosts invite friends from the neighborhood and prospective Friends of Allegheny Commons to the event. Participating in an Allegheny Commons Meet & Greet is a great way to learn about current and future projects taking place in the park. If interested in hosting or attending a Meet & Greet please get in touch:

Email Erin Tobin
Project Administrator | Allegheny Commons Initiative

2014 Historic Preservation Awards

833 Western Avenue

 
Neighbor: Lindo’s Restaurant
Project:
Façade Renovations

851 Beech Avenue

 
Neighbor: Cathy Serventi & Gene Wilson
Project: Side Porch Addition