806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Special Guests for February Membership Meeting

One of the ideas that folks for making the AWCC Membership meeting more interesting is to have more outside speakers. Since your wish is my command (except for Parking, because I’m not actually a magic genie), we have two special guests on Tuesday.

Sarah Quinn, from the City of Pittsburgh’s, Office of Historic Preservation will be visiting to answer all your questions about the Historic Review process. With the spring construction season fast approaching, here’s your chance to get the inside scoop on everything

Erin Tobin from the Allegheny Commons Initiative will also be visiting.  Great timing for us, so we can follow up on the discussion we started at the last meeting about the fate of the West Ohio Street Bridge.

If you have ideas for future speakers, please send them my way, at or (412) 418-2027.


Above & Beyond

If you’d like to recognize a neighbor who went above-and-beyond for you or the neighborhood this month please send a note to or give Cathy at call at (412) 418-2027 and, space allowing, we’ll recognize them in the Gazette.

Trish and Carol S. were spotted shoveling a neighbors sidewalk.

Michael must have done something really excellent in a former life, or last month, since his karma quotient was exceptional this month: he’d like to thank Eleanor for the gorgeous curtains and her sister Marcella for the help hanging them; he also appreciated the trip to Brenkle’s she and Deb organized to fill the donated concrete planters. Finally, as an awesome preview of the AW Tree Well Day, he was extremely touched by all the neighborly assistance for his spontaneous mum planting project.

Finally Carol R and John very much appreciated the kindness of the ladies from Motive, the new salon on Galveston.

Free Tickets for Northsiders: WaywardLand



Part of the CSA Performance Series
February 12 | 8PM

Northsiders, you are invited to WaywardLand at the New Hazlett Theater. Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.

A Different Kind of Circus Performance

When contemporary circus meets dance, anything is possible. Dropped into a sweeping landscape performers ignite the world around them. In this new collaboration between Jil Stifel and Ben Sota, moments of quirkiness melt into shifting perceptions and reveal hidden beauty.

Get Your Tickets

 February 12

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.

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 

New Northside Grant Opportunities

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grants

How would you use $1,000 to benefit your Northside neighborhood?

One Northside LogoThe Sprout Fund is offering Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grants to support new projects, events, and activities that engage Northside residents in the civic life of their community.

Grants of up to $1,000 are available to provide immediate support.

Applications will be accepted on the first Friday of each month beginning Friday, February 6th!

Questions? Call Sprout at 412-863-2907!

Learn more and apply at

Attend an Upcoming Info Session

Friday, January 16
9:00am – 10:00am

Studio Capezzuti
1509 Termon Ave (Brighton Heights)

Tuesday, January 20
11:00am – 1:00pm 

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
1815 Metropolitan St (Chateau)

Thursday, January 22
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse
1055 Spring Garden Ave (Spring Garden)

RSVP by sending your name and neighborhood to

Additional Info Sessions will be added. Check for updates!

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.

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 

Pothole Blitz Scheduled for Friday & Saturday: Contact 311

Residents are encouraged to submit pothole repair requests to the City of Pittsburgh’s 311 Response Center. The two-day Pothole Blitz (on Friday, January 16th and Saturday, January 17th) efforts will be based on 311 submissions.

There are four ways to submit requests to 311:

  • Call between 7:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. In the City of Pittsburgh, dial 3-1-1. Outside of Pittsburgh, call (412) 255-2621. Your request will be taken by a live operator.
  • Submit a voice or text message by dialing or texting (412) 573-9736.
  • Twitter: send a tweet to @Pgh311.
  • Use the online form on the city website:

Daylight crews from the Department of Public Works will work to fill and patch roads damaged by winter weather. In the instance of inclement weather, work schedules may fluctuate.

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?

Fulton Elementary School, Building Pride Building Character Tour

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