pittsburgh south side, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from HeyRocker’s photostream

While Pittsburgh is often recognized now for the beauty of our natural landscape, nestled within our rolling hills and valleys is some spectacular architecture. Pittsburgh contains three centuries of architectural style — and unlike many cities — our historic wealth is not just represented by large public buildings, but also by homes, shops, schools and houses of worship. For example, the South Side Flats neighborhood has a large concentration of 19th century homes. From the Allegheny County Courthouse, to the Pennsylvanian Union Train Station, to the brightly painted homes that line the Mexican War Streets district, there is much worth preserving in the City of Pittsburgh. But preservation does more than just protect beautiful or interesting architecture — it preserves the character of neighborhoods, it attracts businesses and new residents, and it adds to sustainability.

Mexican War Streets, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from cam_rich345’s photostream

One group which recognizes the power of preservation is the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh (YPA). Their mission is to increase participation by young people in the preservation of historic resources. They accomplish this by providing “events, tours, research, training, technical assistance, and special projects that encourage the next generation to take a leadership role in preserving their communities.” They are the only group of their kind in the country.

On June 2, YPA will celebrate their 10th anniversary at the Union Project in Highland Park. They’re calling the event “Ignite the Next Generation of Preservation Leaders.” During the evening, they will feature their new list of the “Top Ten Best Preservation Opportunities in the Pittsburgh Area.” You can find out more information on this event here.

Bridge Detail 2, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from the justified sinner’s photostream

Another group dedicated to protecting our city’s rich heritage and historic assets is PRESERVEPGH. According to their website:

PRESERVEPGH will provide the city with a working document that holistically identifies historic and cultural assets, giving consideration to the issues, problems, and opportunities associated with those resources. PRESERVEPGH will develop goals, policies, and strategies for the appropriate use, conservation, preservation and protection of our historic and cultural assets.

PRESERVEPGH is a component of PLANPGH. You can read and review the final draft of their PRESERVEPGH! document here. They will be accepting comments online until June 19th. They are also conducting a series of community meetings this month to discuss their draft plan:

East Allegheny
Monday, June 4, 6pm – 8pm
The Grand Hall at The Priory
614 Pressley Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

South Side Flats
Tuesday, June 5, 6pm – 8pm
The Brew House
2100 Mary Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Wednesday, June 13, 6pm – 8pm
Bakery Square
6425 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

West End
Thursday, June 14, 6pm – 8pm

Village Tavern and Trattoria
424 S. Main Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Denham & Co., a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from the justified sinner’s photostream