Pa Statewide Conference on Heritage - Preserving Pittsburghs Parks: the Wind & the Willows in the City of Steel
9:00 AM09:00

Pa Statewide Conference on Heritage - Preserving Pittsburghs Parks: the Wind & the Willows in the City of Steel

Preservation Pittsburgh embarked on a multi-year effort to list the city's historic regional parks on the National Register of Historic Places. This case study will detail how this was accomplished with institutional partnerships, community outreach, and an important connection back to Pittsburgh's Cultural Heritage Plan.

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Pa Statewide Conference on Heritage - Saving the Virgil Cantini Mosaics
1:45 PM13:45

Pa Statewide Conference on Heritage - Saving the Virgil Cantini Mosaics

Since 1964, pedestrians using an underground tunnel in Pittsburgh enjoyed a gallery-like experience walking past 28 sections of colorful abstract mosaics by noted artist and educator Virgil Cantini. When demolition of the tunnel was proposed, an unusual Section 106 consultation led to a complex mitigation effort involving relocation and restoration of the complete collection of panels.

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Imagining the Modern Book Release w/ Pittsburgh Modern Committee
6:00 PM18:00

Imagining the Modern Book Release w/ Pittsburgh Modern Committee

The Pittsburgh Modern Committee of Preservation Pittsburgh with ikm architecture and The Monacelli Press welcome you to celebrate the release of Imagining the Modern: Architecture and Urbanism of the Pittsburgh Renaissance with authors Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Rami el Samahy and inaugurating
The Pittsburgh Modern Committee of Preservation Pittsburgh ~ an initiative to celebrate, explore and protect Pittsburgh’s 20th century Modern & Postmodern Architecture & Design.

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6:00 PM18:00

Roslyn Place District - National Register of Historic Places Community Meeting


In partnership with the neighbors of Roslyn Place, we’re pursuing a listing for the district (wood block street included) in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

We took the first step of this process earlier this year in submitting an historic resource form to the State Historic Preservation Office and on April 16th, they found both the street and the surrounding homes eligible to be listed on the NRHP.

In anticipation of the nomination being heard before the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Board in their June session, we’re hosting a community meeting on Roslyn Place to talk about the effects of being listed on the National Register.

As space is limited, please contact us at to learn more and attend.

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1:00 PM13:00

Design Standards for Historic Building & Historic Preservation Incentive

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Historic tax credits and Keystone grants are vital tools in revitalizing older buildings, neighborhoods, and communities.  These financial incentives encourage private investment, create jobs, and return abandoned or underutilized properties to active service.  Successful projects balance the building’s and neighborhood’s historic character with the property’s new or continued use by using the National Park Service’s Standards for Rehabilitation as guidance.
How can architects, design professionals, communities, and property owners take advantage of these programs? Join Preservation Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) for this workshop to learn more about these important state and federal incentive programs.
Agenda includes:

Registration is requested by Friday, May 17.

For more information, please contact Bill Callahan, PA SHPO’s Western Region Community Preservation Coordinator at or 412-565-3575

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5:30 PM17:30

Frick Park National Register of Historic Places - Community Meeting


Pittsburgh Parks Initiative

Pittsburgh's parks are the jewels of our city and each represents a unique piece of our shared history.  Preservation Pittsburgh is proud to be leading the effort to formally recognize their stories, in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, neighbors and community groups across the city.

Our mission is for Frick Park, Highland Park, & Riverview Park to join Schenley Park & Allegheny Commons on the National Register of Historic Places by 2020. 

We're starting this multi-year effort by pursuing a listing for Frick Park during Fall 2018.

Join us for a community meeting on Monday August 20th at the Frick Environmental Center to hear about the Frick Park listing this year and our larger Pittsburgh Parks Initiative.

RSVP Requested, Free Event

Frick Environmental Center
2005 Beechwood Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Learn more about the Pittsburgh Parks Initiative

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The Greater Good: How Historic Designation Saves Our City
7:00 PM19:00

The Greater Good: How Historic Designation Saves Our City

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Following up from our March 2017 gathering where we discussed Pittsburgh’s urban renewal of the past along with present day concerns due to development pressures and other factors, Preservation Pittsburgh and the East Liberty Valley Historical Society are coming together again: this time to learn more about City-designated historic buildings and districts with a special focus on the East End. 

We invite you to participate in the discussion and to learn more about our organizations, welcoming audience questions, feedback and conversation. 

The Greater Good: How Historic Designation Saves Our City
Friday, March 9th 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Free and Open to the Public
RSVP Not Required

Chapel of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church
116 S. Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15206

ELPC is located at the corner of Penn and Highland Avenues in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood. Street parking is available in the blocks close to the church, and there is also a parking lot behind the Carnegie Library.

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9:00 AM09:00

From Old to Sold: The Power of Historic Preservation

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Historic Preservation laws and ordinances protect our most important, inherited architectural and cultural assets. But what happens when we sell our historic homes? How do we navigate the intricacies of preservation law and ensure that new owners of old buildings understand their obligations? Is the house Nationally or Locally designated? And what does that mean?

Fellow Preservation Pittsburgh Director and REALTOR®, Justin Greenawalt, will be teaching a course to Real Estate Professionals (3.5 hours CE Credit) through the REALTORS® Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh on November 17, 2017 from 9AM to 12:30PM. In this course, he profiles National and Local designations, the local designation process, marketing historic properties, and what designation means for Buyers and Sellers.

Details at:

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6:30 PM18:30

Preservation Pittsburgh's 2017 Annual Meeting

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Please join us on Thursday, November 16 from 6:30-8:00pm at The Firehouse (former Engine House No. 16) at the crossroads of Point Breeze and Homewood!

Get a behind-the-scene tour of the projects Preservation Pittsburgh has worked on this year and those upcoming.  Also come learn about how Paul Fireman of Fireman Creative and his team renovated the abandoned 1888 Firehouse.  The address is:

Engine House No. 16; 7101 Penn Ave.; Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Fireman Creative has a free parking lot across the street on Penn Ave. marked by a sign that reads "Church in Pittsburgh".  There is also on-street parking.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Our Annual Meeting is a member appreciation event and admission is complimentary for current Preservation Pittsburgh members.  If you are not currently a member, we'd love to have you join us (individual membership ranges from $10-$30).  Click here to become a member or renew your membership.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP to

Advanced reservation is required as capacity is limited!

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3:30 PM15:30

Oakland Modern


Oakland Modern

A guided walking tour of modern and late modern architecture and design throughout the neighborhood of Oakland and the University of Pittsburgh campus.


3:30 - 5:30pm
Rain or Shine

Join Preservation Pittsburgh and the organization’s Modern Committee (ModCom) on Saturday, October 7th to explore a range of modern and late modern structures and interiors. The Oakland neighborhood is home to a unique, dense collection of banks, apartment buildings, and campus facilities - from libraries to parking garages - completed in the 1960s and 1970s. Enjoy our original walking tour designed and led by Preservation Pittsburgh board members.

The tour will end at 5:30pm at neighborhood favorite, Butterjoint, where guests can enjoy drinks and conversation with fellow architecture and design lovers.

This free tour marks the inaugural event of the ModCom: Preservation Pittsburgh. Through its Modern Committee, the organization will highlight Pittsburgh’s modern-era design and advocate for its preservation.

In partnership with Docomomo US Tour Day 2017, the annual national celebration of modern architecture and design featuring public tours and special programs across the United States.

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9:00 AM09:00

Churches of Wilkinsburg: A Neighborhood Architectural Tour



What kind of photos should I submit?

  • Capture a historic religious structure of Wilkinsburg in your own way!
  • New pictures (not published before)
  • The outside of buildings (no interior pictures)
  • Submit your best, up to four.

When can I submit a pictures?

  • Anytime between September 14-October 14, 2017 
  • Our FREE walking tour is September 30th from 9:00AM - 1:00PM
  • A great opportunity to view the sites with a group and snap pics.

Who can enter contest?

  • Anyone with a camera or smartphone! The winner categories are:
  • Advanced (experienced, professional photographers)
  • Amateur/Youth (anyone who enjoys snapping pics!)
  • Wilkinsburg Residents (your community is important to this project!)

How do I submit?

  • Have Instagram? Use the hashtag: #wilkinsburg_pp
  • (Posts without this hashtag will not be entered!)
  • Send them by Email to:
  • Include your name and category (include Wilkinsburg residency if applicable) with any entry.

Then What?

  • Preservation Pittsburgh and Wilkinsburg community leaders choose winners for each category.
  • Prizes will be given at an event on November 4.
  • Two images will be displayed in the November Captured::Pittsburgh Open Air Art Gallery in Shadyside.
  • More prizes include a photography workshop, gift certificates to Wilkinsburg-area shops and restaurants and a chance to be included in a special exhibition.
  • Many submissions will be printed and displayed in the Wilkinsburg Borough Building by the Wilkinsburg Historical Society.
  • You, the photographer, keep the rights and ownership of your unique pictures, Preservation Pittsburgh may display images on our website and social media, with credit given to each photographer!


Your photographs help Preservation Pittsburgh bring community attention to Wilkinsburg’s Historic Religious structures! All are welcome.

 Still Have Questions?

Email us!

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6:00 PM18:00

Spring Hill Spring - Summer Celebration!

This year Preservation Pittsburgh turns 25 and we have much to celebrate, like the landmarking of Spring Hill's Voegtly Spring!

Help us celebrate our Silver Anniversary and the landmarking of Pittsburgh’s historic springs on Friday, August 11 at Wigle’s Barrelhouse & Whiskey Garden on the North Side! Stop by the Barrelhouse (1055 Spring Garden Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212) between 6 and 9 pm.  Graciously, Wigle Whiskey is helping the cause and Preservation Pittsburgh will receive a portion of all sales of Wigle cocktails, bottles, and merchandise!  

The event is rain or shine (in case of rain, we’ll be under cover in the barrelhouse & tasting room).

Come support our endeavors by purchasing drinks at Wigle Whiskey. There is no admission charge for the event. Bring your friends, buy drinks (responsibly), and mingle with those who love Pittsburgh!  Baby Loves Tacos will also be joining us at the event, so, come hungry!

You are welcome to park in all the following places:

  1. Gravel lot on Spring Garden Ave, diagonal from Whiskey Garden
  2. Alley behind Whiskey Garden, access from Vinial or Basin St. 
  3. Street Parking on Troy Hill Rd, Vinial, Voskamp. Access Voskamp St via Basin Street.
  4. Lots surrounding Penn Brewery (next to municipal building, gravel lot on Troy Hill Road, gravel lot on Vinial St)
  5. Lot behind Schiller Classical Academy which you can get to via Wetach St.

Please do not park on sidewalks on Spring Garden Avenue! Wigle enjoys a good relationship with their neighbors and your cooperation is appreciated. 

For more info (including parking):

Special thanks to Wigle for allowing us to host this event!

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10:00 AM10:00

Buttresses, Bell Towers, & Breakfast

Since its inception, Wilkinsburg has been recognized as a city of beautiful religious buildings;  its religious art and architecture is unsurpassed in design, quality, and workmanship.  Historic buildings are places and spaces people hold dear and are integral to our past, present, and future.  Wilkinsburg, the City of Churches.

This fall Preservation Pittsburgh will recognize Wilkinsburg’s irreplaceable religious architecture by sponsoring an amateur photography contest open to all residents and congregations in the borough.

Please join us for the awards ceremony, November 5, 2016, at 10:00am, when winners will be selected from two categories, adults and children 12 and under.  Those selected will receive a prize of up to $100 and breakfast will be provided to all participants and their friends.


We hope you will participate in our contest and show off your beautiful historic building!

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8:30 AM08:30

Pittsburgh Preservation Summit: Preserving the Past by Planning for the Future

Pittsburgh Preservation Summit: Preserving the Past by Planning for the Future

The City of Pittsburgh will hold a preservation summit on Monday, November 16, 2015 at Point Park University to give an update on the recommendations of its Cultural Heritage Plan.

Host: City of Pittsburgh Department of Planning
Date: Monday, November 16, 8:00a.m.—3:30p.m.
Venue: Point Park University, Third Floor Ballroom, Lawrence Hall
             212 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Featured speakers:
—Donovan Rypkema, a principal at PlaceEconomics, will discuss the conclusions of the Historic Preservation Economic Study commissioned by the City.
—Nore Winter, a preservation specialist, will focus on the City's Historic Guidelines and the utility of conservation districts.

In addition, discussion will feature ongoing historic preservation initiatives in the City, including a question-and-answer session with City officials and with representatives of all three preservation groups.

For more information and to register please contact City Planning at 412-255-2243. This event is free and open to the public.

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