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From the very beginning in 1964, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation was supported and continues to rely on the generosity of individuals, community groups, and other funders who believe that historic preservation can be a tool for achieving social, cultural, and economic renewal in our communities.

Our organization knows that it is only through the generosity of our members, private foundations, and businesses that we are able to bring our preservation ideas and principles to life. We are fortunate to have a devoted and dedicated group of people who do not give up, but who continue to believe in the value of our cause.

In the beginning, this organization depended on generous and courageous benefactors like Charley Arensberg, Helen Clay Frick, Barbara D. Hoffstot, Connie Oliver, and Richard M. Scaife, who gave to support our work and our very existence as an organization.

In his book, A Richly Conservative Life, Personal Memoirs of Richard M. Scaife, the late  Pittsburgh philanthropist said this of the impact of our organization:

I have given to universities and playgrounds; museums and wildflower meadows;…. But if I had to pick a single tangible achievement, it would be Station Square in Pittsburgh’s South Side. Think of a big railroad property in decay, such as the 19th century left in the hearts of many cities. Tear it down, build it over is what most “redevelopers” would say. Instead, a big patch of blight was recycled better than before. And without timely private funding, nothing good would have happened.

Without supporters like the late Mr. Scaife,  and others, places like Manchester and the Mexican War Streets neighborhoods on the North Side, South Side’s East Carson Street, and Station Square would not be the vital and thriving places we know today. Instead, they might have been just another decaying testament to the failed urban renewal policies of the 1960s.

Give to our organization, if you believe, like we do, that there is value in preserving our history and the fabric of our built environment because it renews the spirit of the place, and the people.

Piano Place Dedication, October 27, 2012

Piano Place and Hamnett Place Community Garden, which opened in Wilkinsburg in 2012, is an example of how donations help PHLF implement vital neighborhood programs like clean, green, and beautified spaces.

PHLF accepts donations and gifts in any amounts. Your donations support an array of programs and you may give to specific projects highlighted here:


  • Downtown Revitalization (including restoring the former Weldin’s Building)
  • Neighborhood Revitalization
    (Manchester, Wilkinsburg, and many other historic neighborhoods)
  • Main Street Programs (including outreach to struggling communities beyond Allegheny County)
  • Historic Religious Properties Grant Program


  • Landmarks Preservation Resource Center (programming)
  • Landmarks Scholarship Program
  • Historic Landmarks Plaques
  • School Tours
  • Free Public Walking Tours
  • Publications (PHLF News & Books)


  • James D. Van Trump Library
  • Frank B. Fairbanks Rail Transportation Archive
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633