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PHLF: How to List Your House in the National Register of Historic Places

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

National Register of Historic Places

Have you ever wondered about what it means—or what it would take—to get your house or a building listed in the National Register of Historic Places? Do you know the potential benefits of National Register listing? Are you interested in pursuing National Register designation for your house, but are unsure of the procedural requirements?

Join us for this lecture and learn about the history of the National Register Program; the criteria for listing a property, and learn the basic components of a National Register Form. This lecture will also touch on tips for conducting research on your property, the procedural requirements for completing a nomination, and the benefits of listing a property in the National Register.

About the Presenter: Jesse Belfast is an architectural historian at Michael Baker International, where he is involved in numerous aspects of historic preservation through National Register-designation of buildings and management of mitigation processes around real estate projects involving historic buildings.

Based in Michael Baker’s Moon Township office since 2003, his work revolves around Section 106 compliance, historic context studies, National Register of Historic Places nominations, historic architecture surveys, state inventory form preparation, criteria of effects evaluations, and other aspects of compliance regarding historic buildings and resources. Some of his prominent projects include National Register nominations for the Strip Historic District and the Lawrenceville Historic District, Historic American Engineering Record documentation for the Civic Arena, and historic architectural inventories for seven Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

A native of San Diego, Mr. Belfast holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Duke University and a Master of Arts degree in History from Carnegie Mellon University.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 x 527.

PHLF: (Lecture) Changing Pittsburgh

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Tuesday, April 23rd
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Changing Pittsburgh

Changing Pittsburgh

A summary of economic and demographic changes in the city and its surroundings

In this lecture, Chris Briem contemplates the recent population changes taking place in the City of Pittsburgh, in particular, Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhoods and the impact of the ongoing redevelopment of East Liberty. He will show how the city is changing in the context of employment and economic changes that are occurring across the Pittsburgh region.

About the Presenter: Chris Briem is a regional economist at the University of Pittsburgh’s University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR). His work at the center’s Program in Urban and Regional Analysis focuses on economic and demographic forecasting, industry analysis and competitiveness of the Pittsburgh region. Ongoing projects include economic forecasts for Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh region, analysis of migration trends in the Pittsburgh region, analysis of local government finances and fragmentation and the impact of demographic changes on the regional economy.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 x 527.

PHLF: Repairing Double Hung Windows

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, January 31st
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Learn about all the parts of your double hung windows; how to disassemble and more importantly re-assemble them properly. This workshop will also include tips on how to fix the most common problems related to operation of the windows. The hands-on-demonstration workshop will be presented using an actual window.

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.

All events are free to PHLF members. This is event is free and open to the public, too! Contact for more details: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

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Lecture: Restoring the Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail

Courthouse and Jail

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, January 29th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

The Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail by H.H. Richardson (1884-88), is one of the most significant of Pittsburgh’s great buildings. In 2014, Allegheny County commissioned the architecture firm of Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel to develop a multi-year plan to comprehensively renovate and restore this National Historic Landmark.

In this lecture, you will learn about the fact-gathering phase of the restoration process so far, which includes a detailed physical investigation of the building and facts about the original materials used on the building, its structure, assembly, and forward-thinking mechanical and electrical systems. We will also look at some of the changes that the building has undergone over the years. It is through understanding the building’s existing conditions in light of the original intent of its architect that we can help plan the process to ensure that the Courthouse remains a functioning and iconic landmark for generations to come.

About the Presenter

Jessica Stuck, AIA, began her professional career in upstate New York working on historic preservation projects including rehabilitation of the iconic Rotunda at the University of Virginia, the Vanderbilt Mansion, and restoration of historic churches in eastern New York and western Massachusetts. She joined Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel in 2014, where she has maintained a focus in preservation, restoration, and the adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Jessica was the project manager for developing the Allegheny County Courthouse facilities plan.

All lectures are free to PHLF members. This lecture is free and open to the public, too!

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PHLF: Restoring Murals

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Tuessday, September 25th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

In this presentation, we consider art appreciation in regards to exterior and interior murals with an examination of the history of murals tracing it back to its origins. We consider the different approaches to commercial and artistic mural painting. This will include a look at examples of contemporary mural painting and its significance and the emotional impact considering the importance of proper choice of style and subject to support the architectural situation and enhance community life.

About the Presenter: Boris Brindar is a second-generation art conservator. He got his start in the field at a young age, working with his dad, then the Head of Conservation Labs at the Russian State Museum in Leningrad. Boris is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Leningrad where he received a degree in conservation and art history. He has more than 33 years of professional experience.

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: Glass Cutting and Window Re-Glazing

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, September 20th
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

In this workshop, you will learn how to cut glass and reglaze panes and get some hands on experience. Find out about different kinds of glazing putty, how to get the old putty out without breaking the glass, and tools for putty and glass cutting, and perhaps some paint removal and wood repair if time allows.

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.

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: “Greatest Saves,” Bus Tour on Sunday, September 30th

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Location: Commerce Drive, Station Square (Pittsburgh, PA 15219)
Date: September 30th
Time: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Join us for this full-day excursion in celebration of PHLF’s 54th birthday on September 30th. The day includes light refreshments at various locations and lunch, and the opportunity to hear from PHLF staff, trustees, and members about some of our organization’s “Greatest Saves.” From Station Square, we’ll cross the West End Bridge to explore PHLF’s North Side roots, with stops in Manchester, the Mexican War Streets, and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. We’ll head east to Wilkinsburg, where we will stroll through the Hamnett Place neighborhood and visit the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center.

In Downtown Pittsburgh, we’ll explore the Market Square area and the buildings we have developed, before returning to Station Square for a celebratory toast at the Grand Concourse. En route, we’ll see the positive impact of historic preservation throughout the region and enjoy the beauty of restored historic landmarks, neighborhoods, and urban centers that contribute to the “livable” quality and unique character of our 21sup>st-century city.

Paid reservation deadline:
Wednesday, September 12th

Registration is limited to 75 people (three buses). PHLF members: $75 Non-members: $100 (includes a one-year complimentary membership in PHLF)

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PHLF: Upcoming Walking Tours & Events

Participate in Our Free Friday Downtown Walking Tours and Neighborhood Tours

Hearing the history and the stories of the people who shaped the Schenley Farms neighborhood while walking around and looking at the buildings and houses was a great way to learn. It was interesting to see up close the architectural diversity and unity among the various houses in this planned community.

PHLF Walking Tour

“I’m somewhat familiar with Oakland, but I learned a lot.” – Roberta Shope

  • Grant Street (from Sixth to Fourth avenues): Fridays in May, 10:00 to 11:00 am
  • Grant Street (from Sixth to Liberty avenues): Fridays in May, Noon to 1:00 pm
  • Point Breeze: Saturday, June 2nd, 1:30 to 3:00 pm
  • And the Jail Museum every Monday (except on court holidays): visit between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm

See the beauty and discover the stories of significant places in the Pittsburgh Region. Check out the many tours we have listed on our Calendar of Events and contact Mary Lu Denny (412) 471-5808 x 527 to make reservations.

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Click here for our schedule of Neighborhood Walking Tours – new this year, thanks to our docents!

Click here for our schedule of Free Friday Downtown Walking Tours – back by popular demand and thanks to our docents and VisitPITTSBURGH.

Click here to read about Special Tours, including “Downtown’s Best” on Thursday mornings (June through August) and our “Greatest Saves” Bus Tour on September 30th, in celebration of our 54th birthday!

PHLF: Mina Chow’s “FACE OF A NATION”

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, May 24th
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Face of a Nation

Mina Chow’s “FACE OF A NATION: What Happened to the World’s Fair?”

Daughter of immigrants, an idealistic architect struggles to keep her dream alive as she journeys to discover why America abandoned World’s Fairs.

FACE OF A NATION captures the erosion of the American image as the country loses sight of its vision and values.

Probing deeply into national identity, architect Mina Chow investigates the controversy surrounding US participation at World’s Fairs for the last 25 years. The film asks important questions about the country’s role in the world and perceptions of the American image. With our diminished presence at World’s Fairs, have we lost sight of what it means to be American?

Following the screening: stay for a short discussion with the filmmaker.

More Info About the Screening

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: Abandoned America

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, May 3rd
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Abandoned America

Abandoned America: An Autopsy of the American Dream

Join author and photographer Matthew Christopher, creator of the Abandoned America website and book series, on a journey through some of the country’s most fascinating and hauntingly beautiful ruins. Matthew will relate his inspirations and how he came to explore such unusual spots, and share some of his favorites from across the state, focusing on the Pittsburgh region. A fascinating tour of forgotten schools, churches, prisons, factories, and homes that have not been included in his previous presentations, his work is at once a cry for the preservation of our vanishing architectural heritage and a eulogy for the ruins in our midst.

About the Presenter: Matthew Christopher has had an interest in abandoned sites since he was a child, but started documenting them a decade ago while researching the decline of the state hospital system. His work is featured in various publications and media outlets including the LA Times, ABC and NBC News, PDN, The Atlantic, Photographer’s Forum, Buzzfeed and others. You can follow his work through his web site, Abandoned America, which is considered one of the leading collections of images of abandoned spaces on the Internet.

All events 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.