PHLF members and friends to Go to our Homewood Tour
Meeting and ending location: Station Square, outside The Shops at Station Square (across from the parking garage entrance)
Neighborhood leader Sarah Campbell and Diane Smith of the Community Technical Assistance Center will lead this membership tour. They offered a similar tour during the National Preservation Conference 2006––to rave reviews––so we asked them to offer it to our members this year. Louise Sturgess from the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation will be on board to welcome members and share a few passages from John Edgar Wideman’s book, Brothers and Keepers, about growing up in Homewood.
Sites we’ll see include:
• The Queen Anne Harris House of 1894, in the heart of Homewood at 7107 Apple Street, was the first home of the National Negro Opera Company, organized in 1941 by Mary Cardwell Dawson (1894-1962), who rehearsed on the third floor.
• Westinghouse High School, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was designed by Ingham & Boyd in 1921 and was completed in 1931. Like Schenley and Allderdice High Schools, Westinghouse has Classical detailing.
• Monticello and Idelwild Streets: Mrs. Campbell has lived on Idelwild for 60years.
• The Homewood Coliseum, formerly the Consolidated Traction Company Trolley Barn.
• The English Gothic Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Homewood Branch was completed in 1910 to designs by Alden & Harlow as the last of Pittsburgh’s eight original Carnegie library branches. Handsomely renovated in 2003 by Erik Hokansen, architect, with Pfaffmann + Associates, the library is where the Homewood community gathers. We’ll enjoy light refreshments here and tour the landmark building containing a fully updated 300-person auditorium.