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Everyone’s welcome. Our members include people from the Pittsburgh region and throughout the United States, as well as community groups, non-profit organizations, businesses, government agencies, historic property owners, developers, schools, and others. Our members believe that architectural landmarks are community assets, and that historic preservation can be a catalyst for renewal.


  • Free admission to programs and workshops at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center in Wilkinsburg.
  • A 10% discount on PHLF publications.
  • A free subscription to PHLF News, our handsomely illustrated annual newsletter featuring current work and architectural research.
  • E-mail newsletters on preservation issues and events
  • Discounted rates on technical assistance in regard to your historic property.
  • The opportunity to work with our planned giving consultant to realize benefits for you, your family, and PHLF.
  • Free Friday walking tours in downtown Pittsburgh, May through October.
  • Discounts on special events and bus tours, and an invitation to an exclusive event for Heritage Society members ($1,000 gift or above or an estate commitment).
  • Savings on school tours and presentations.
  • Free access to the James D. Van Trump Library of architectural and historical books, periodicals, images, and reference materials.
  • Free access to the Frank B. Fairbanks Rail Transportation Archive.
  • Free admission to “Woodville Plantation,” a National Historic Landmarks in Collier Township.
  • Many rewarding volunteer opportunities.
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting one of the nation’s most innovative and effective historic preservation organizations.

For non-profit and community development organizations, real estate developers, and small-business owners:

  • Access to loan programs to assist with historic preservation projects within a 250-mile radius of Pittsburgh.

For historic religious properties within Allegheny County:

  • Access to matching grant and loan programs to assist with restoration.

Criteria vary for each grant or loan program; applications are required.

Visit the DONATE page if you wish to make a donation in addition to your membership.

For non profit organizations:

Access to loan programs to assist with historic preservation projects.


The Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation is a dynamic organization committed to practical preservation. Accomplishments include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying and documenting thousands of architectural landmarks and historic places.
  • Involving more than 12,000 people each year in a full range of educational programs featuring the region’s rich architectural heritage.
  • Renewing Downtown Pittsburgh through our LEED-Gold renovation of Market at Fifth for retail and apartments, and through a façade restoration program with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittsburgh.
  • Creating affordable housing in Wilkinsburg by restoring historic houses in partnership with Allegheny County, and by creating 27 apartments in the historic Crescent and Wilson buildings, with funding from the state, county, local banks, and private foundations.
  • Implementing a preservation easement program protecting more than 35 historic properties in perpetuity, including the Heinz Lofts (North Side), the Cork Factory (Strip District), The Carlyle (Downtown), and the Omni Bedford Springs Resort (Bedford, PA).
  • Creating jobs and economic development by transforming the former P & LE Railroad buildings into Station Square. PHLF developed the first mixed-use riverfront renewal project in the Pittsburgh region with a lead grant from the Allegheny Foundation in 1976, and without any city, county, or state funds. When PHLF sold Station Square in 1994, three million people were visiting the site each year.
  • Launching a revolving loan fund to save and restore historic inner-city neighborhoods and key Main Street buildings.
  • Establishing neighborhood partnerships that made historic preservation possible without disruptive effects of gentrification.
  • Protecting historic farms and more than 2,000 acres in western Pennsylvania.
  • Conducting the first countywide survey of historic buildings in the nation and creating a Historic Landmark plaque program.
  • Awarding more than $750,000 in grants and technical assistance to more than 110 historic religious properties in Allegheny County to help fund restoration improvements.
  •  Lighting the Smithfield Street, Roberto Clemente, and Hot Metal bridges in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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