For over a decade, the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh (YPA), with help from the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, has been highlighting the top ten preservation sites in the region. Tonight, they will reveal this year’s list at the Union Project in East Liberty.
Matthew Craig, executive director of the YPA, and Katy Sawyer, chairman of the board of directors, gave Essential Pittsburgh listeners a preview of tonight’s grand reveal.
#10--- Pittsburgh City Steps
Not only are the steps themselves unique pieces of history, but they offer stunning views of the city. “I think we’d all be sad to see them gone,” Craig explains.
#9--- 212-214 Boulevard of the Allies—Old “Papa J’s”
This building dates from the 1860s and was allegedly originally a brothel.
#8--- Monessen Savings and Trust Building
This unique building dates back to the turn of the 20th century, and used to be the center for money and resources. Since then, Monessen has experiences economic distress. “Saving this building may be like a domino effect in trying to get more notice and more resources into Monessen,” Craig said.
#7--- 520 Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington
In 1910, 520 Grandview Ave was home to a riverboat captain, and remains as the only Victorian structure on Mount Washington.
#6--- Moose Lodge in Elizabeth, PA
This building dates back to the 1880s, and is in the process of being saved by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Association.
#5--- Wilksboro Avenue Foot Bridge on the North Side
Built in the 1890s, this bridge stretches across the ravine, and was originally built to give commuters quicker access to California Ave to catch the street car.
#4--- Albright Church in Shadyside/Bloomfield/Friendship
Constructed in 1906, this church is in danger of becoming a Starbucks.
#3--- George Westinghouse Castle in Wilmerding
In the late 1800s to early 1900s, the castle served as the headquarters of George Westinghouse.
#2---Old Stone Tavern in Greentree
Constructed in 1782, locals have been trying to save this landmark for years.
#1--- Frank and Seder Building on Fifth Avenue
A classic example of Chicago Style Architecture, this building is situated across the street from the old Macy’s clock.
In order to be considered for the list, the structure must be over fifty years old, must be threatened in some way, and must exhibit some sort of potential backed by community support.
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