Abandoned since 2004, the Falconhurst, built in 1904, is one of the most structurally and environmentally challenging restorations ever undertaken by PHLF. Located at 724 Kelly Avenue, it is next to the Crescent Apartments building, which we restored in 2011. The Falconhurst, which was completed in December 2016, together with the Crescent created 41 affordable housing units in restored buildings as part of a $25 million neighborhood revitalization initiative in Wilkinsburg.
Kelly Avenue, Wilkinsburg
More than 10,000 people each year participate in PHLF's educational programs that include walking tours, school field trips, art and architecture activities, hands-on workshops, and beautifully illustrated presentations on local history and architecture.
Hazelwood Urban Hike
PHLF was organized in 1964 when Liverpool Street and other areas of the North Side were set to be demolished. PHLF and residents initiated the Manchester Program, the first of its kind in the U.S. for low-income and minority families in which federal, state, and local funds were used to create a restored, economically sound neighborhood, affordable to its residents. PHLF and the Manchester Citizens Corporation continue their work today.
Liverpool Street, Manchester
Pittsburgh's North Side
PHLF has awarded 592 Historic Landmark plaques to architecturally significant sites throughout the Pittsburgh region since 1968. The plaques inform the public about the significance of a historic place and do not impose any restrictions on the property owner.
Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg
Thanks to donations from many people and private foundations, PHLF offers a program of financial and technical assistance to historic religious properties in Allegheny County that are undertaking critical exterior improvements and are places of worship and centers for social services. Since 1997, PHLF has awarded 247 matching grants totaling more than $1 million and has provided more than 60 technical assistance consultations.
St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church
Pittsburgh's South Side and Downtown Skyscrapers
PHLF's offices and libraries are located on the fourth floor of the Landmarks Building at Station Square. The historic landmark is one of five former railroad buildings that PHLF, in partnership with others, adapted for new uses when it initiated Station Square in 1976. The mixed-use riverfront development opposite downtown Pittsburgh gave PHLF the opportunity to put its principles into action––to demonstrate how the restoration of historic buildings could generate urban renewal and economic development. When PHLF sold Station Square to Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises in 1994, three million people were visiting Station Square each year.
Landmarks Building (1901)
Station Square, Pittsburgh
Through a LEED-Gold, mixed-used development, PHLF saved and restored four endangered historic buildings, brought quality retail back to Fifth Avenue, and created seven market-rate apartments. In spring 2015, a Pittsburgh real estate developer and partners, opened Market Street Grocery in the Thompson's Building, where PHLF continues pursuing upper floor development options.
Market at Fifth
Market Street and Fifth Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh
Historic preservation can be a key to achieving social, cultural, and economic renewal. In all that we do, we are anchored by our mission to identify, save, and use significant places that are 50 years old or more as the key to renewing communities.
Historic preservation is all about real estate development. We do this on a non-profit basis, particularly for affordable housing in historic neighborhoods, and on a market basis through our wholly owned for-profit subsidiary, the Landmarks Development Corporation.
Our purpose in preservation is to not only save buildings but to improve communities by improving the quality of life. We do that, by saving buildings. Through Landmarks Community Capital Corporation, we award loans for restoration of buildings.
Through the Landmarks Development Corporation, we provide contract services in real estate development, construction management, preservation planning, and other fee-for-services work. We offer deep experience in preservation financing and utilizing tools like historic tax credits and preservation easements.
The Pittsburgh region is our classroom. Explore, create, and learn with us. Year-round, PHLF offers a variety of educational programs that bring the Pittsburgh region’s rich history and architecture to life for people of all ages and abilities.