Landmarks Awards $87,245 Plus Technical Assistance and Energy Studies to 22 Historic Religious Properties
Pittsburgh, PA: George C. Dorman, chair of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation’s Historic Religious Properties Committee, presented 15 grants, 7 technical assistance awards, and 2 energy conservation study awards to 22 historic religious properties in Allegheny County during an Awards Presentation on February 7. New members of Landmarks also attended the event, held at the Grand Concourse Board Room at Station Square, since year-end membership contributions help underwrite the annual program.
Thirty-two historic religious properties had submitted grant applications requesting a total of $278,000, and Landmarks was able to award grants of between $1,500 and $10,000, totaling $87,245. Landmarks is the only organization in the County that offers a continuing program of technical and financial support to architecturally-significant Historic Religious Properties.
“We continue to seek funds to support this program,” said Mr. Dorman, “because the need is great and our grants leverage matching contributions from the active congregations of architecturally-significant historic religious properties that also deliver services to their neighborhoods.” As a result, stained glass windows are repaired and restored and exterior improvements such as brick re-pointing, masonry work, and roof repairs are made.
“Including the awards presented today,” said Landmarks’ president Arthur P. Ziegler, Jr., “we have awarded more than $580,000 since the program’s inception in 1997 to more than 100 historic churches and synagogues. We are grateful to our many members, and to several businesses and foundations, whose year-end gifts––combined with general funds from Landmarks––make this program possible.”
Bellevue United Presbyterian Church, Bellevue
Bethel Presbyterian Church, Bethel Park
Clark Memorial Baptist Church, Homestead
First Trinity Evangelical Church, Shadyside
Monumental Baptist Church, Hill District
Mt. Gilead Church, Wilkinsburg
Riverview United Presbyterian Church, Obsevatory Hill
Sacred Heart Church, Shadyside
St. Paul Cathedral, Oakland
St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Carnegie
Southminster Presbyterian Church, Mt. Lebanon
Valley Presbyterian Church, Imperial
Zion Christian Church, Carrick
GRANT PLUS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AWARDS:
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mt. Oliver
Old St. Luke’s Church, Scott Township
Technical assistance is directed to assisting congregations in prioritizing restoration projects and establishing preventive maintenance programs.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AWARDS
First Baptist Church of Glassport
Grace Episcopal Church, Mt. Washington
Grand View United Presbyterian Church, Mt. Washington
Lamb of God Christian Ministries, Homestead
St. John Evangelical Church, Mars
ENERGY CONSERVATION STUDY AWARDS
(thanks to the Saxer Family Foundation)
Trinity Cathedral, Downtown
Valley View Presbyterian Church, Garfield
For more information, please contact Carole Malakoff, program coordinator, Historic Religious Properties Program, at 412-471-5808.
Founded in 1964, the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to identifying, preserving, and revitalizing historic structures, neighborhoods, and landscapes in the Pittsburgh region, and to educating people about this region’s rich architectural heritage.
### LS: HRP Press