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PHLF: The Art of Artwork Restoration

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Tuesday, November 21st
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

This presentation covers the basic aspects of artwork restoration including oil paintings, murals icons, art on paper (posters, lithographs, and prints), sculptural pieces, and other works of art. Specific attention will be given to the difference between artwork restoration and repair and the proper ways to keep, exhibit, insure, and monitor art collections. Presented by Boris Brindar.

All events are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10 RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

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PHLF: Terrariums Workshop

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Tuesday, November 14th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Terrariums are like miniature worlds under glass. They are fun to have on an office desk and are beautiful displayed on a mantel, sideboard, or table. This demonstration provides ideas for easy-care terrariums you can create at home using the latest techniques and materials. Step-by-step guidance is provided, along with aftercare instructions.

All events are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10 RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

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PHLF: Film Screening – Priced Out

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

Given the ongoing discussion about Pittsburgh’s real estate and access to quality affordable housing particularly in some of our city’s East End neighborhoods, join us for a timely film screening of Priced Out, a documentary that takes a personal look at how skyrocketing housing prices are displacing Portland’s black community and reshaping the entire city. What is happening in Portland may well have lessons for us in Pittsburgh. A short question-and-answer session will follow the screening.

About the Film

This documentary was written and produced by Cornelius Swart.

All events are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10 RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

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PHLF: Practical Ways to Care for Your Historic Building(s)

Greene County Workshop
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: Margaret Bell Miller Middle School
126 East Lincoln Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370

Date: Saturday, November 4th
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Free (including a boxed lunch if advance reservations are made)

Greene County Heritage Workshop: Practical Ways to Care for Your Historic Building(s)

“This workshop will look beyond limited public funding to explore how a community’s historic character fits into 21st-century economic development strategies,” said Bill Callahan, Western PA Community Preservation Coordinator of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. “It will outline best-practice approaches to preserve, promote, and invest in historic community character,” he added.

Mary Beth Pastorius, a trustee of PHLF and a native of Greene County, has been instrumental in planning the workshop. “PHLF is sharing its expertise in ‘Renewing Communities and Building Pride’ with rural areas outside Allegheny County that have many historic assets but little experience in how to preserve,” she said.

Click here for an agenda of speakers and topics. Although the workshop is intended for Greene County residents, anyone interested in preserving historic buildings is invited to attend.

More than 65 members and foundations contributed to PHLF’s 50th Anniversary Fund between 2014 and 2017. One of the goals of that fundraising effort was to help PHLF provide technical assistance to main streets and historic neighborhoods throughout the Pittsburgh region, with a particular emphasis on outlying counties where no local preservation organizations exist to assist concerned citizens.

RSVPs required ASAPmarylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

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PHLF: Tabletop Succulent Trays

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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, October 12th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Gardening Workshop: Tabletop Succulent Trays

Succulents are the hottest trend in indoor plant décor and come in a wide variety of shapes, textures, and colors. A tray of them is an easy-care miniature garden for a desk or tabletop. Come see a variety of ideas for creating these little beauties, along with step-by-step assembly instructions. You’ll be given a materials list with ideas for where to purchase everything you need. Aftercare instructions provided.

About the Presenter

Martha Swiss is a garden writer, designer and speaker. She is a regular contributor to Pennsylvania Gardener magazine and the publications editor for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Her articles have also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Fine Gardening. She is a graduate of Chatham University’s landscape design program and a Penn State master gardener.

All lectures are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10

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

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PHLF: Film Screening – A Girl is a Fellow Here

A Girl is a Fellow Here

Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Tuesday, August 15th
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

At a time when few architectural firms would hire women, Frank Lloyd Wright unhesitatingly employed women, giving them both training and the opportunity to practice. Ultimately, over 100 women architects and designers worked with Wright, many of them going on to remarkable careers of their own. In his studio in Oak Park and at both Taliesin Fellowships, Wright trained and practiced with women as draftsmen, designers, and fellow visionaries. “A Girl Is A Fellow Here”: Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright focuses on six of those women – Marion Mahony, Isabel Roberts, Lois Gottlieb, Jane Duncombe, Eleanore Pettersen and Read Weber.

About the Film

This documentary is a production of the Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation (BWAF). Founded in 2002, BWAF, is charged with advancing the knowledge and recognition of women’s contributions to architecture. It embraces issues specific to women currently working within the building industry. To this end, BWAF both commissions and curates research that pertains to women working at all levels within all fields of practice — including architecture, engineering, construction, design, landscape, preservation and planning.

All lectures are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10

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

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PHLF: The Story of Roads and Bridges in Pittsburgh

Roberto Clemente Bridge

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, July 20th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Pittsburgh, the City of Bridges, is also known for its convoluted roads. Some streets intersect each other three times. Others change names a few times. Giving directions, one often says, “Not that right, the other right,” or “Go straight,” which means angle left. The development of the city’s roads is linked to the development of the city’s bridges. In writing the book, Images of America: Pittsburgh’s Bridges, published in 2015, the study of historical maps became a key research tool. Maps revealed bridges that were eliminated when valleys were filled in and streets that were rearranged when new bridges were built. This research showed that by going back far enough in time, there was an explanation for each irregularity. This presentation will show these findings through maps and images past and present, explaining the city’s inconsistencies and abnormalities that make it unique.

About the Presenter

Todd Wilson is an award-winning professional engineer in Pittsburgh who has been photographing and writing about bridges his whole life. A transportation engineer, he is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and serves as History and Heritage Chair for the Pittsburgh Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. Wilson is a trustee of PHLF and a former Landmarks Scholarship recipient.

All lectures are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10

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

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PHLF: Oh My Aching Back!

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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: Tuesday, June 20th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

How to Keep Gardening as We Age

Gardening is great exercise, but it can become more difficult through the years. Aging knees and backs, and overall muscle loss make it harder to do the kind of gardening we once enjoyed. This talk will provide suggestions for making your garden less labor intensive while still providing joy and a beautiful setting for your home.

About the Presenter

Martha Swiss is a garden writer, designer and speaker. She is a regular contributor to Pennsylvania Gardener magazine and the publications editor for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Her articles have also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Fine Gardening. She is a graduate of Chatham University’s landscape design program and a Penn State master gardener.

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.

Summer Solstice Event

Don’t miss the magnificent 30 foot high Resurrection Window in all of its glory!

At the historic Calvary Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave, Northside: June 21 at 6:00 pm

Allegheny Historic Preservation Society will host David Farkas, from Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. He will speak on the subject of preservation easements of historic properties. This will be held in Calvary’s Chapel area from 6:00-6:30 pm.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Riverview Park and Allegheny Observatory Walking Tour

Allegheny Observatory

Thursday, June 15, 2017
5:30 to 8:00 pm (with a free, optional tour of the Allegheny Observatory, following)

Reservation deadline: Monday, June 12, 2017
Meeting location: Riverview Park Visitor Center, 159 Riverview Avenue

Contact Mary Lu Denny for reservations and click here for complete details. Join Louise Sturgess from PHLF, Park Ranger Nancy Schaefer, and Jimmy DeCecco from Pfaffmann + Associates for an evening walk in Riverview Park that will include updates on recent restoration progress at the Allegheny Observatory.