14th Annual Architectural Design Challenge Features Monessen, PA
October 30, 2009
About 135 middle and high school students from 17 Westmoreland County schools are participating in the 14th Annual Architectural Design Challenge, sponsored by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) and offered in 2009-10 in cooperation with the Greater Monessen Historical Society (GMHS).
During orientation sessions in Monessen on October 29 and October 30, students toured the main street area of Monessen, photographed and documented their building site, discussed the needs of the community, and learned about the design process.
Over the next several months, students will work in teams to (1) create a model showing their vision for the vacant Monessen Savings & Trust Building (500 Donner Avenue––shown in the photograph) and the vacant lot beside it; and (2) create a main street facade drawing of the south side of the 500 block of Donner Avenue incorporating their design recommendations (for signage, lighting, facade restoration, in-fill construction, etc.).