Our trustees, staff, members, and volunteers work throughout the Pittsburgh region to:

  • identify and save historically significant places;
  • revitalize historic neighborhoods, towns, and urban areas;
  • preserve historic farms and historic designed landscapes; and
  • educate people about the Pittsburgh region’s rich architectural heritage

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  • 30 Student Teams Propose New Uses for Lawrenceville Lot

    “All of my students absolutely benefited from this project. It gave them an excellent hands-on way to practice math/science skills learned in class.” ––Westmoreland Middle School Teacher More than 130 middle and high school students from Westmoreland County participated in PHLF’s 19th Annual Architectural Design Challenge on February 26 and 27, 2015 at Monessen High… Read More

  • Manchester: First in a Series of PHLF’s Greatest Saves in 50 Years

    PHLF turned 50 on September 30, 2014. Intern Lauren Van Zandt, a Public History graduate student at Duquesne University, is sharing the stories of some of PHLF’s “Greatest Saves.” Help us celebrate 50 years of Pittsburgh renewal with a donation to our 50th Anniversary Fund. Click here. “The origin of PHLF has long taken on… Read More

  • Architecture Apprentices Propose Plans for Homestead Lot

    “The Apprenticeship Program is very rich in knowledge, learning, and experience. It really gives you a good look into the field and how it integrates in society.” ––High School Participant, Fall 2014 Eighteen high school students completed PHLF’s Architectural Apprenticeship on December 11, 2014, and presented their plans for the vacant lot at 307-09 East… Read More

  • A Look at Our Work in 2014

    Dear friends, As we enter the final month of 2014, I want to reflect on some of the specific results of our work during our 50th year in historic preservation. In education, we interacted this year with more than 10,000 people through neighborhood and downtown walking tours and creative programming for students and adults. We… Read More

  • Thank You Volunteer Interns

    For the past three months, PHLF has been fortunate to have the volunteer help of Juliana Carlino (University of Oklahoma, on-line, Art History), Mark Hirschman (LaRoche College, History), Lauren Rowland (University of Pittsburgh, History & Urban Studies), and Zachary Webster (Duquesne University, History). Together they have helped PHLF staff and docents with many school and… Read More

  • Going Places: Building Skills and Exploring Architecture

    “Thank you for taking us to the Bradford School and to dinner at the Grand Concourse. I felt fancy. I like going places!” ––Shianne On December 18, PHLF will “graduate” another group of Pittsburgh Langley middle school students from its after-school enrichment program, “Going Places: Building Skills and Exploring Architecture.” During the 11-session program in… Read More

  • 160 More Explorers, Poets, and Artists

    All fourth-grade students and all teachers (K-5) at Franklin Regional Heritage Elementary School in Murrysville participated in Poetry and Art workshops with PHLF on November 5 and 10, thanks to an invitation from Reading Specialist Valerie Piccini and funding support from the Parent-Teacher Organization. After exploring the history of their school through discussions and recollections,… Read More

  • School Tours, Design Challenges, Apprenticeships, and After-School Enrichment

    “Our study of communities and specifically Mt. Lebanon fits perfectly with this field trip. The history and architecture is great!” ––Mt. Lebanon Second-grade Teacher, October 2014 With school in session again, PHLF staff and docents have been leading walking tours for students in grades 2 through college, in Downtown Pittsburgh, Mt. Lebanon, Castle Shannon, Oakland,… Read More

  • If You Hand Out Eat’n Park Smiley Cookies . . .

    . . . then your sidewalk activities will be a success! That’s what PHLF staff and volunteers discovered when they handed out 960 mini smiley cookies, compliments of Eat’n Park, on September 8, 9, and 10 to people who were waiting at the downtown bus stop on Liberty Avenue at Tenth Street, from about 3:30… Read More

  • October Bus Tours Feature 20th- and 21st-century Architecture

    Modernist Landmarks on Pittsburgh’s North Side Saturday, October 11, 2014 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Board the bus at 1:45 p.m. at Station Square Chatham University’s Self-Sustaining Eden Hall Campus Saturday, October 25, 2014 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Board the bus at 12:45 p.m. at Station Square . PHLF’s final two bus tours of the year… Read More

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