Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

May 25, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Celebrating Wilkes-Barre’s Walkitecture Tour

We conclude our Preservation Month celebration of the 2021 Community Initiative Award winners in the Diamond City.

May 18, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Celebrating the Wilkinsburg Train Station Restoration Project

This week our Preservation Month celebration of the 2021 Community Initiative Award winners takes us west to Allegheny County – specifically, the Borough of Wilkinsburg. The Wilkinsburg Train Station Restoration Project, led by the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC), received … Continue reading

May 11, 2022
by Frank Grumbine
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Celebrating the Friends of Fort Halifax Park

There are few places that can embody the breadth of Pennsylvania’s narrative like Fort Halifax Park in Dauphin County.

Large stone bank building with five large windows at an intersection.

March 30, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Deindustrialized Communities Market Study: What We Learned

As we wrote about in a recent blog post, the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) has been working on a huge project in our western region, aimed at identifying the challenges and opportunities for historic preservation and economic … Continue reading

Row of commercial buildings along a street.

March 9, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Deindustrialized Communities Market Study

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) has undertaken a project to investigate the economic development and community revitalization prospects in specific southwestern Pennsylvania communities that have experienced significant de-industrialization.

January 27, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Join the PA SHPO as a 2022 Keystone Summer Intern

Are you exploring the field of historic preservation and looking for some real-world experience? The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Keystone Internship Program provides opportunities to pursue your professional growth and contribute to sharing Pennsylvania’s rich heritage with the public. … Continue reading

January 12, 2022
by Bill Callahan
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Preservation Planning in Beaver Borough

Beaver is a lovely community located on the Ohio River bluffs nearly directly across the river from the Shell petrochemical plant. Beaver boasts a large National Register of Historic Places historic district (PA-SHARE Resource #1994RE00048) that consists of large, stately … Continue reading

January 5, 2022
by smassey
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Rehabilitating Pittsburgh’s “First” Skyscraper with Historic Tax Credits

The Arrott Building, located at 401 Wood Street in Pittsburgh, PA, was designed by prominent Pittsburgh architect, Frederick J. Osterling in 1902 and is one of Pittsburgh’s first skyscrapers.

December 15, 2021
by Barbara Frederick
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Bridge for Sale Spotlight: Burnt Mill Road Bridge

A drive along Burnt Mill Road in Lurgan Township in Franklin County winds around scenic county farmland crossing the Conodoguinet Creek where a monument to Pennsylvania’s industrial past, the Burnt Mill Road Bridge, has stood for the past 136 years.

House with very large corner turret and slate roof.

December 8, 2021
by Pamela Reilly
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Hail to the Queen!

The Queen Anne style is one of the most distinctive and popular architectural styles of the Victorian era, with examples of the style found throughout Pennsylvania and the country. With their round turrets, elaborate porches, and abundant decorative trim, they … Continue reading