806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

On September 28th, the Christmas tour Kick Off meeting was held. Thank you to all who attended. Below is a summary of where we are at with the planning of the 2017 tour:


Currently we have 3 homes on the tour. We need 3 more. Please contact Carol Gomrick ( if you are interested in putting your house on the tour.

Tour Volunteers-lead Needed

Our fearless leader, Doug Sprague, will not be able to coordinate volunteers this year. We all wish him well on his new adventure! With Doug’s absence, we need a volunteer to help coordinate the docents and other ancillary volunteer openings. Please contact Carol if you’re willing to help, or if you know someone who is. We will be sending out a spreadsheet for signups.

Flyer Mailings

Trish Burton has offered to coordinate the flyer mailing activities. Tentative meeting to
address and send these out is Monday, November 6th. More details to come. Greg Coll will do the graphics and printing of the flyer. Thank you for your efforts, Greg and Trish!

Tickets, Emails and Website Updates

Cathy Serventi will get the website updated and the emails out to announce the event. I’m getting a lot of requests to purchase tickets already, so I’m sure we’ll have another great turnout this year. Thanks for all of your help, Cathy!

After Party

Tom Cihil and and John Engle are the organizers of this year’s after party. Thank you both for stepping up to do this. We now just need an after party venue!


We’re tentatively scheduling a ‘swag’ party at Cathy Serventi’s porch on Saturday, November 2nd. Tom Cihil and and John Engle will lead efforts to get these on the lamp posts. If you’re interested in volunteering to help with this, please let Carol know.

Administration (Permits, Etc)

Carol with work with Cathy to get these permits in place for the tour. There will be new banners for the tour homes this year.

Train Tours

Cecile Canales will be the contact person for the train tour volunteers.

AWCC Membership Meeting Agenda – September 12, 2017

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, September 12th at 7:30 pm

  • Visitors
    • Councilwoman Harris’s Office
    • Mayor Peduto’s Office
    • Zone One Police
    • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • New Neighbors & Guests
  • Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • Finance Committee Progress Report
  • Membership
    • September Mixer
  • Ways and Means
    • Update on Five Year Plan with Calvary
    • Debriefing 2017 Wine Tour
    • Alleys, Axles & Ales (September 23rd)
    • Christmas Candlelight House Tour (December 8th and 9th)
  • Friends of Allegheny West
    • Green Space
  • Property
  • Housing and Planning
    • Parking and Traffic
    • MCC: Blocks bounded by Western, Allegheny, Ridge, Bridge
    • Western Avenue Revitalization
    • Light of Life: Ridge Avenue Project
    • Revised AW Film Guidelines
    • Allegheny Commons Update of 2002 Master Plan
    • Expansion of Historic District (LRC Report)
    • Historic District Enforcement Issues (old cases)
    • Medical Marijuana Dispensary (decision to join ZBA appeal)
    • Comprehensive Guidelines for New Construction on Vacant Sites
  • Northside Leadership Conference
  • Other Business (Old & New)
    • AirBnB Issues/Impacts in AW
    • Allegheny General Hospital Master Plan

Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

It’s time to start thinking about this year’s Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour.

This year’s tour will take place on December 8th and 9th. We are looking for homeowners who are willing to open their homes for this year’s tour. If you’re interested and able, please contact Carol Gomrick at

Information about volunteering for the event will be coming out after this month’s Alleys, Axles & Ales tour on September 23rd. Stay tuned to the calendar and e-newsletter to learn about the kickoff meeting for this year’s tour volunteers.

Tickets On Sale Now! Alleys, Axles & Ales on September 23rd

Alleys, Axles & Ales

Alleys, Axles & Ales Returns

Explore the back streets of Allegheny West to catch a glimpse of cool cars while sampling local brews. This year over 10 garages will be displaying 20+ cars.

This year there will be a special Concours of Jaguars on display!

The tour is self-guided and begins at Babb Insurance at 850 Ridge Avenue in the rear of the building.

Bring your own classic, modern or exotic car to show in the designated display lot.

Car show display lot is located at the intersection of Galveston and N Lincoln Avenues.

New This Year: Cars ‘n Coffee
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Car lovers are invited to bring along their own classic treasures for exotic car and street rod networking. Join us before the tour for some coffee and conversation.

Alleys, Axles & Ales ticket is required to attend.

Buy Your Tickets Today

$25.00 presale | $30.00 at the door | $10 for under 21

All tickets include brew samples and a $5 voucher for hot dogs, sausage or kielbasa.

Buy Tickets → 1-888-71-TICKETS

Hosted by Allegheny West Civic Council and Babb Insurance.

Alleys, Axles & Ales Tour: Volunteers Needed

We’re seeking neighbors who are willing to open their homes (and garages) for the Alleys, Axles & Ales tour.

The target date is September 23. We also need volunteers who are willing to work in preparing and executing the tour. Please contact Carol Gomrick at if you are able to help.

AWCC Membership Meeting Agenda – May 9, 2017

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, May 9th at 7:30 pm

  • Visitors
    • Councilwoman Harris’s Office
    • Mayor Peduto’s Office
    • Representative Wheatley’s Office
    • Zone One Police
    • Allegheny Commons Initiative, Update Master Plan
  • New Neighbors & Guests
  • Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • Finance Committee Volunteers Still Sought
  • Presentation of the Preservation Award
  • Membership
    • Bocce on Wednesday
    • May Mixer
    • AWCC 55th Anniversary Celebration (October 2017)
  • Ways and Means
    • Wine Tour Updates (June 2nd & 3rd)
    • Update on Five Year Plan with Calvary
    • Alleys, Axles & Ales (September 23rd
    • Christmas Christmas Candlelight House Tour (December 8th and 9th
  • Friends of Allegheny West
    • Green Space
  • Property
    • 901 Western Avenue: New Tenant (PGH Acupuncture & Massageworks)
    • 827-829 Western Avenue: Sale of Land for Construction of 2 New Houses
    • 900 Western Avenue: New Business Owner – Plans for Benjamin’s
    • 917-919 Western Avenue: New Property Owner – Plans for Shamrock/Carmi
    • 907 Western Avenue: New Property Owner – Plans for Storeroom & 2 Apartments
  • Housing and Planning
    • Trucks Through the Neighborhood
    • Stadium Events: Parking and Traffic
    • MCC: Blocks bounded by Western, Allegheny, Ridge, Bridge
    • Western Avenue Revitalization
    • Light of Life: Ridge Avenue Project
    • Film Guidelines
    • Historic District Enforcement Issues
    • Medical Marijuana Dispensary
    • Comprehensive Guidelines for New Construction on Vacant Sites
  • Northside Leadership Conference
  • Other Business (Old & New AW Preservation Award)

Allegheny West Wine & Garden Tour 2017


It’s Spanish wines and tapas for this year’s Wine Tour

The dates of the tour will be Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd. We are finalizing the list of houses and will announce them soon. There will be properties never before featured on the Wine & Garden Tour. We are looking for volunteers, as well as sponsors. Please email if you’re able to help in either capacity.

Allegheny West Wine & Garden Tour 2017

Submitted by Carol Gomrick

Happy New Year! The holidays are barely behind us and the New Year is in full swing which means it’s time to start thinking about planning the 2017 Allegheny West Wine & Garden tour! I’m counting on prior volunteers and interested newbies to contribute ideas and time to help make the 2017 event bigger and better than ever.

Please attend a Wine Tour “Kick-off” meeting Thursday, February 16 at 7:30 pm at the AWCC office (806 Western Ave). I’d like to get your input from prior tours and fresh ideas for the 2017 event. One of our first tasks is to confirm the event date. This meeting will initiate the formation of a 2017 Wine and Garden committee.

Please e-mail me at if you are interested in attending on February 16th, so I have your email if something changes, or if you can’t attend and would still like to contribute.

I look forward to getting started and working with you!

2016 Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour: Our 35th Year

The 2016 tour will be on Friday, December 9th from 5:00-8:00 pm and Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 am-8:00 pm. Tickets for the tour are $30 until November 30th; $35 after that date. Train museum tickets are $12; $15 after November 30th.

Volunteer Opportunities & Info

Postcard Mailing: The annual labeling of the Tour postcards is set for Monday, November 7th at 7:00 pm at Calvary. Please join us! We’ll have pizza and snacks and, with your help, we will be able to quickly put address labels on the 8,000 mailers that we send to potential tour visitors.

Ticket Sales: Tickets are available online and we have sold blocks of tours to a few groups. Expect tickets to sell at a brisk pace once our mailers are delivered.

Holiday Gift Shop: The shop will again be in the lower level of Calvary Church, so guests can shop before as well as after the Tour.

For more information about the Shop, please contact Martin Fuess.

Train Museum: The popular Toy Train Museum will, once again, be open at Holmes Hall. Visitors can visit before their tour or after they finish the tour of Holmes Hall. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. DVDs of the train exhibit will again be for sale for $15, and a limited number of the fine train books are available for $100.

Street Decorating: We will be decorating the streets on Saturday, December 3rd, starting at 9:00 am. Volunteers will be bundling greens to create the lamppost swags in the Serventi/Wilson garage on Dounton Way. This is an easy and fun way to get into the holiday spirit – and we can finish the job quickly with about 20 volunteers.

Clean Up: Please take some time to pick up litter and leaves in front of your house the morning of each tour day (Friday and Saturday). If each of us fills just one bag, our streets will be clean!

We need your help!

There are many opportunities to volunteer. During the tour, be a greeter at Calvary, a tour guide, a house sitter for a homeowner on tour, a conductor at the train museum or be ready to help with salting or shoveling if we get snow that weekend. Or help with the volunteer party or set up the luminaria.

Contact Carrie Doyle at or (412) 337-6020 – or come to our next meeting on November 9th @ 7:00 pm – and she’ll get you to the coordinator of that activity.

Alleys, Axles and Ales

Submitted by Abi Webb

Allegheny West has always been known for showing its beautiful Victorian homes and gardens on tour days. The alleys and garages have never been considered tour-worthy until now. On Saturday, September 24th attendees had the unique opportunity of strolling the backstreets of our neighborhood, peering into garages and carports to admire a different type of beauty—the neighbors’ car collections.

Even if cars weren’t your first interest, it did not hurt to offer 6 local brews from Penn Brewery, East End Brewery and War Streets Brewery on a perfect fall day – or to indulge in a Nathan’s hot dog on a Breadworks bun from Hott Dawgz food truck. All in all, a fantastic day for a new tour!

Photographs by Sara Sweeney

We would like to extend a very special thank-you to our sponsors this year, namely Babb Insurance – who offered Blitzburgh for registration and their two lots for parking – and Process Reproductions – for printing our posters and brochures and for bringing a ton of great cars for guests to admire. In addition, we want to thank Greg Coll for his creativity and attention to detail in creating our posters, flyers, program and Facebook page.

In addition, thank you to our dedicated neighbors Brian O’Neill, Cathy Serventi, Scott and Hillary Mosser and Tom Barbush, who really ran with a great idea and made it happen! And finally, thank you to the dozens of neighbors who helped clean up the alleys for the tour, volunteered their time to help with the event and offered to show their cars and garages. We could not have done it without you. Thank you all for a very successful day!