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2015 Historic Preservation Awards

The Allegheny West Civic Council along with the Allegheny West Local Review Committee announces the 7th Annual Neighborhood Preservation Awards. These awards are presented to property owners in Allegheny West who have done projects over the past year, used elements of historic preservation and adhered to the neighborhood guidelines to renovate their buildings. These property owners researched their projects and went through the Historic Review process to achieve their success.

The 2015 Awards Recipients

825 Western Avenue

Neighbor: Nick Mastros

This building was the local VFW for many years and stood vacant for the last 3. The project included repointing and cleaning the brick; repairing/replacing and repainting all wood trim; painting the decorative metals at the cornice spires; replacing the roof, downspouts and gutters; installing new wood double hung windows on the 2nd and 3rd floors; and restoring the original front doors and installing them in their openings with the original jambs and trim.

857 Western Avenue

Neighbor: John DeSantis

This building was originally a 1905 industrial building, the Pioneer Paint Co. and later, in the mid-Twentieth century, became a gas station. The property underwent a complete rehab to an office building and garden space. The concrete building walls were exposed and polished. A historic cornice was added around the structure. The garage doors were replaced with faux carriage house style doors. Brick sills and headers were added. A brick retaining wall and wrought iron fence were added around the property and plantings were installed.



These projects greatly add to the historic ambience of the Western Avenue streetface, 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 12th at 7:30pm at Calvary United Methodist Church, corner of Beech and Allegheny Avenues.

Deck Construction (Part II): Decking and Handrails

Thursday, April 30, 2015
6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

Decking and Handrails are the visible parts of a deck that make the deck beautiful.  In this second part of the Deck Construction workshop, students will learn about types of decking, tools for installation, and how to build handrails and stairs.

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 

Deck Construction (Part I): Framing

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

Decks provide outdoor living spaces that are great for barbecues, gatherings, or some quiet book reading in the fresh air.  It is essential that best practices in construction are used to build a safe deck.  In this workshop, students will learn the procedures to build a deck that meets building code regulations and provides a safe outdoor space.  Students will learn about deck layout, footers, setting posts and girders, and framing the deck.

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: Wood Flooring Essentials

Thursday, April 23, 2015
6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

Natural wood adds beauty to a home that laminates cannot match.  Solid wood and engineered wood flooring are available in many varieties and are prefinished, making their installation doable for the DIYer.  In this workshop, students will learn about the materials of solid wood and engineered wood flooring, how to estimate material, tools for installation, and how to install wood flooring.

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: Laminate Flooring Essentials

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

Laminate flooring products are designed for the DIYer.  But with so many products on the market, it is critical to have a clear understanding of the types of laminate flooring available today.  Students will learn how to estimate material, tools for laminate floors, layout techniques, and how to install laminate flooring.

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 

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