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  1. Students Envision New Uses for the Former Railroad Roundhouse at Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood Green in PHLF’s Design Challenge

    “I continue to love re-energizing old buildings. I love the vast amount of possibilities.”

    ––Westmoreland County high school student, April 5, 2019

    “After participating in two ADC challenges, I have taken a liking to historic buildings and have gained an understanding of the importance of preserving these buildings.”
    ––Westmoreland County middle school student, April 4, 2019

    For the 23rd consecutive year, Westmoreland County Schools participated with PHLF in an Architectural Design Challenge (ADC). PHLF issues a new design challenge each school year focusing on a vacant historic building in either the City of Pittsburgh or Westmoreland County. This was the most ambitious design challenge to date, due to the size and complex shape of the former railroad roundhouse and turntable, but the students were not intimidated. Their ideas, models, and presentations were bold and inspiring, showing sustainable new uses that would benefit the Hazelwood community.

    Click here for a listing of awards.

    To see photos of the models and presentations see the galleries below.

    April 4 Middle School Presentations

    April 5 Middle School Presentations

    April 5 High School Presentations

    Students envisioned converting the railroad roundhouse into:

    • a robotics museum, revealing the role that this region has played in the development of robotics;
    • a train station for a daily commuter train to Pittsburgh and a Hazelwood transit center;
    • a place where people could hang out and have fun with space for a bike course, walking trails, basketball court, and ice-skating rink;
    • a recreation center with a go-cart track, plus a snack bar and movie theater;
    • a museum featuring the history of the roundhouse, plus a memorial garden dedicated to Pittsburgh playwright August Wilson and a tribute to Andy Warhol;
    • an arcade and restaurant with displays honoring the history of Hazelwood and the roundhouse;
    • a science center and planetarium;
    • the Almono Community Center offering music, theater, life-skills, cooking, sewing, and physical fitness classes;
    • a high school for Hazelwood, in anticipation of the population that will be drawn to the community as Hazelwood Green develops;
    • an eco-friendly bed-and-breakfast with three train cars decorated with the history of the roundhouse;
    • a community center with a bike shop, rock-climbing wall, basketball court, healthy eating areas, and performance stage;
    • greenhouses, a chip-making factory, and restaurant that would provide jobs for Hazelwood residents and educate kids about healthy-eating habits;
    • an affordable, family-friendly experimental kitchen called “Below the Tracks”;
    • a medieval castle that would bring the middle ages to life for all who visited;
    • “Pups ‘n Cups”––a dog park, restaurant, and bakery;
    • a greenhouse and farm-to-table restaurant to benefit the community;
    • a shopping center and apartment complex;
    • the Hazelwood Art and Recreation Center;
    • the Steel City Tavern and museum;
    • an Italian restaurant and museum;
    • a multi-purpose community center;
    • the “Peach Pitt Tavern” and “Hazelwood Brewery & Arcade”;
    • the Hazelwood Youth Center; and
    • the Roundhouse Plaza, including a shopping center and “Hall of Remembrance.”

    We thank the following judges for critiquing the student projects on April 4 and 5 and for encouraging this next generation to become actively involved in improving their communities, no matter what profession they pursue:

    • Ray Bowman (Pieper O’Brien)
    • Elmer Burger (architect, retired)
    • Mike Cahall (educator)
    • Anne Chen (GBBN)
    • Matt Conti (GBBN)
    • Kelley Folts (CannonDesign)
    • Melanie Como Harris (IKM)
    • Roger Hartung (IKM)
    • Jenna Kappelt (CMU, ALN)
    • Phyllis Kim (GBBN)
    • Nicole Kubas (CityStudio)
    • Scott Maritzer (Pieper O’Brien)
    • Sara McGuire (educator)
    • Samantha Weaver (educator)
  2. PHLF Public Tours Begin April 28 and Continue through November 2

    Thanks to the enthusiasm, energy, and knowledge of our docents and education staff, PHLF is offering more walking tours than ever this year and two bus tours. Members will receive a printed copy of our 2019 walking tour brochure in the mail this month––and they receive discounts on all neighborhood walking tours and bus tours. Click here to become a member!

    For the first time this year, PHLF will offer free walking tours on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and on Fridays from Noon to 1:00 p.m., May through October. Click here for a monthly listing of our free walking tours in Downtown Pittsburgh or in Oakland.

    Click here for a listing of docent-led walking tours in various neighborhoods throughout the Pittsburgh region.

    Click here for descriptions of our Downtown’s Best walking tour and for the dates of four special tours (two walking tours, two bus tours) that are only offered once.

    There are plenty of choices this year, and we hope to see many of you on our tours.

  3. Landmarks Scholarship Applications Must Be Postmarked by April 17

    Thanks to funding support from PHLF’s Brashear Family Named Fund, the McSwigan Family Foundation Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, and others, PHLF offers a scholarship program for high-achieving, community-minded, high-school seniors in Allegheny County who will be attending college or university in the fall of 2019. If you would like to donate to our Landmarks Scholarship Program to help it grow and to ensure that it continues, please click here or contact Louise Sturgess, executive director of PHLF. Thank you!

    “The Landmarks Scholarship recognizes students who have achieved academic excellence and possess the potential to make a difference in the Pittsburgh community and beyond,” said David Brashear, a PHLF trustee and the program founder. “The students selected by our committee already feel connected to the city and its history and will hopefully continue to serve the region as leaders in promoting PHLF’s values.”

    Since 1999, PHLF has awarded scholarships to 72 high school seniors who care deeply about the Pittsburgh region. The scholarship award of $6,000, payable over four years to the recipient’s college or university, is for book and tuition expenses only. In addition, PHLF has awarded Honorable Mentions (a one-time gift of $250) to 14 students since 2016. Thirty-four of these 86 recipients attended Pittsburgh Public High Schools and 52 attended other schools within Allegheny County.

    Click here to learn more about the eligibility requirements and criteria and to download an application. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

  4. All Aboard for PHLF’s “People & Places” Trolley Tour

    For the first time, PHLF will be offering a trolley tour for fourth-grade students in two Pittsburgh Public Schools that will help them learn about the person for whom a Pittsburgh place is named. Then, students will draw a building, bridge, or park that they imagine could be designed, or restored, and named for them in the future, based on what they hope to accomplish in life.

    “Our fieldtrip begins in the Dollar Bank Heritage Center,” said Louise Sturgess, executive director of PHLF, “where so much biographical information is presented about a diverse group of early Pittsburgh immigrants who opened accounts at Dollar Bank. The trolley route also includes several buildings and a park in the Cultural District and three bridges leading to the North Shore, as well as the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, August Wilson House, and Freedom Corner.”

    “This fourth-grade tour builds upon our third-grade trolley tour to five historic Pittsburgh places,” added Karen Cahall, education coordinator at PHLF. Ten schools will be participating in PHLF’s “Building Pride/Building Character” trolley tour this spring. Over the years, many third-grade students have called the full-day tour to the City-County Building, Allegheny County Courthouse, Fort Pitt Museum, Fort Pitt Block House, Duquesne Incline, and Points of View statue on Mt. Washington “the best fieldtrip ever.”

    With Molly’s Trolleys back in business, PHLF is happy to be expanding its trolley tour opportunities.

     

  5. Oakmont Country Club Offers Free Historic Tours May through December

    Few golf courses in the world have the fabled history, tradition, and legacy of Oakmont Country Club. Recognized as a National Historic Landmark and host of 19 major championships to date, Oakmont tells the history of the game of golf in our own backyard.

    Golf historians will lead participants through the handsomely preserved 116-year-old clubhouse and share information about the founding of the club and the Fownes family that made it possible. Historic photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts in the History Hall document some of the legendary moments during the nine U.S. Opens held at Oakmont, and there is a collection of USGA trophies to admire as well. The tour includes a walk through the original men’s locker room. Weather permitting, guests will tour the historic “inland links” golf course and see the extraordinary vistas, narrow fairways, treacherous sand bunkers, and iconic “Church Pew” bunker. Guests will be able to test their putting skills on Oakmont’s world-renowned putting surfaces and visit the Oakmont Professional Shop.

    Tours are offered on the following Monday mornings in 2019, from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.:

    • May 13 and 20
    • June 3 and 24
    • July 8 and 22
    • August 5, 12, and 19
    • September 9, 16, and 23
    • October 7, 14, and 21
    • November 4 and 18
    • December 2 and 9

    Essential information:

    • The tours are free of charge. Donations are welcome, with the proceeds going to the Fownes Foundation.
    • Each tour is limited to 15 people. Advance reservations are required!
    • For reservations, contact Oakmont Country Club at 412-828-8000.
    • For further information about the tours, contact the Oakmont Country Club Archives at 412-828-8000, ext. 257 or by email at archives@gmail.com.
    • All tour participants must arrive at the club by 8:45 a.m. on their tour date. Light refreshments will be provided by the club. Casual attire and comfortable shoes are encouraged, but please NO JEANS OR DENIM.
    • Photography is welcome.
    • Disabled access is available.
  6. Landmarks Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors

    Thanks to funding support from PHLF’s Brashear Family Named Fund, the McSwigan Family Foundation Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, and others, PHLF offers a scholarship program for high-achieving, community-minded, high-school seniors in Allegheny County who will be attending college or university in the fall of 2019. If you would like to donate to our Landmarks Scholarship Program to help it grow and to ensure that it continues, please click here or contact Louise Sturgess, executive director of PHLF. Thank you!

    “The Landmarks Scholarship recognizes students who have achieved academic excellence and possess the potential to make a difference in the Pittsburgh community and beyond,” said David Brashear, a PHLF trustee and the program founder. “The students selected by our committee already feel connected to the city and its history and will hopefully continue to serve the region as leaders in promoting PHLF’s values.”

    Since 1999, PHLF has awarded scholarships to 72 high school seniors who care deeply about the Pittsburgh region. The scholarship award of $6,000, payable over four years to the recipient’s college or university, is for book and tuition expenses only. In addition, PHLF has awarded Honorable Mentions (a one-time gift of $250) to 14 students since 2016. Thirty-four of these 86 recipients attended Pittsburgh Public High Schools and 52 attended other schools within Allegheny County.

    Click here to learn more about the eligibility requirements and criteria and to download an application. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

  7. PHLF’s Educational Programs Build Pride in Pittsburgh Public School Students

    PHLF staff and docents have involved more than 660 students from nine Pittsburgh Public Schools in several innovative educational programs since January, thanks to corporate funding support through the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, and from the McSwigan Family Foundation Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation and Eat’n Park Hospitality Group Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

    “Whether it’s participating in our Portable Pittsburgh or Career Awareness programs that are presented in their schools, or in field trips to Carnegie Mellon University or Chatham Village for creative writing and art experiences, the students are immersed in the activities, eager to learn about their school and community, and encouraged to be proud of their hometown,” said Karen Cahall, education coordinator.

    The following comments from Pittsburgh Public School teachers express the value of PHLF’s “Building Pride/Building Character” educational program and their appreciation to our donors:

    • Portable Pittsburgh: “Excellent, knowledgeable presenter; great artifacts. It was so nice that the students were trusted to touch and feel so many old and valuable things.”
    • Poetry & Art at CMU: “This experience was priceless. I loved giving our students a view of their world (and city) outside of what they already know.”
    • Poetry & Art at CMU: “Thanks so much for continuing to fund this program!”
    • Career Awareness: “Students were able to explore different careers. They were able to see what tools and education are needed.”
    • Career Awareness: “Many of the careers presented use math in various ways. Students see the importance of learning math skills for their future.”
    • Career Awareness: “Students understand/learn how education ties into future careers.”
    • Career Awareness: “It helped build background knowledge that is essential for students’ ability to read and understand increasingly complex text.”
    • Writing Enrichment: “The students learn about the Underground Railroad and African American history in the classroom. What a wonderful experience for them to follow a trail and see an actual house involved with the Underground Railroad. It brings the learning to life.”
  8. Corporate Gifts Fund PHLF’s “Building Pride/Building Character” Program

    Several thousand school students, teachers, and PHLF thank the following corporations for donating to PHLF in 2018 and 2019 through the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program:

    • The Buncher Company
    • Dollar Bank
    • First National Bank of Pennsylvania
    • Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Company
    • Hefren-Tillotson, Inc.
    • Huntington Bank
    • Maher Duessel CPA
    • PNC Bank
    • UPMC

    “These generous contributions will help fund the participation of 12 Pittsburgh Public Schools in a variety of enrichment programs this January through June,” said Karen Cahall, PHLF’s education coordinator. “Our programs––including poetry and art workshops, in-school presentations, and field trips––help students connect classroom learning to the built environment and build hometown pride in the process.”

    “Funds from the McSwigan Family Foundation Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation and from the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation also help underwrite program expenses,” added Louise Sturgess, PHLF’s Executive Director. “We have partnered with the Pittsburgh Public Schools for 13 years through the state’s EITC program and always welcome the opportunity to work with the students and teachers.”

    The January 25th field trip to Carnegie Mellon University helped students deepen their understanding of community history and allowed them to make goals for their future, according to one teacher. Several students added the following comments:

    • “I liked looking at all of the sculptures! I really loved writing poems and drawing with charcoal.”
    • “What I liked doing was really everything. I really liked the tour and the poetry and art.”
    • “The most exciting part I liked doing was walking around campus and seeing all the cool and unique (different) sculptures and buildings. Also seeing how many people come here and how many people have been here. Today, I learned a ton of history facts at CMU. I would totally recommend coming here in the future.”
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