Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

March 3, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Virgil Cantini: Saving Cantini’s Mosaics

Last week’s blog post introduced the life and work of artist Virgil Cantini and highlighted the vulnerable position of postwar public art objects and installations, which often require special expertise to understand and articulate their significance for preservation.  This week’s … Continue reading

February 24, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Virgil Cantini: A Purpose in Public Art

On a sunny August morning in 2017, a group of Pittsburgh-based architects, historians, artists, students, preservationists and art enthusiasts convened before venturing out with a shared goal; to experience first-hand nearly all public artworks accessible in the vicinity, both indoors … Continue reading

February 3, 2021
by Scott Doyle
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105th PA Farm Show Scavenger Hunt – Virtual Edition!

In light of the current public health crisis and keeping safety a priority, the Department of Agriculture hosted the 105th PA Farm Show virtually to celebrate Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry.

January 27, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Just Listed! January 2021

It’s time for our six-month update to bring you the latest and greatest in new National Register of Historic Places listings!

January 20, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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The 2020 PA SHPO Community Initiative Award Winners

For the past several years, the PA SHPO has used their Community Initiative Award to recognize the hard work and dedication of organizations, municipalities, individuals, and others whose work embodies the spirit of #PreservAtionHappensHere. The three recipients of the 2020 … Continue reading

Colorized historic postcard of large department store with trolleys, horses, carts, and people in the foreground.

December 23, 2020
by Elizabeth Shultz
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Window Shopping at 5 of Pennsylvania’s Historic Department Stores

With the widespread availability of plate glass at the end of the nineteenth century, department stores and window-shopping culture flourished in cities and towns throughout Pennsylvania – especially during the holiday shopping season near the end of the calendar year.

December 2, 2020
by smassey
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A New Life for Homestead’s Masonic Hall

Homestead’s Masonic Hall is an imposing – and impressive – stone building at the corner of E. 9th Avenue and McClure Street in Homestead, Allegheny County. This early 20th century property anchors the National Register-listed Homestead Historic District and is … Continue reading

Row of brick buildings along a street with cars.

September 23, 2020
by Bill Callahan
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Preservation Planning through Mitigation in Western PA

In spring of 2015, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE), the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO), Shell Chemical Appalachia, LLC (applicant) and the Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) concluded consultation after 18 months of discussions under … Continue reading

September 2, 2020
by Scott Doyle
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#PreservationHappensHere thanks to the PA Historic Preservation Tax Credit

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (PA DCED) recently announced that it has awarded $5 million in Pennsylvania historic preservation tax credits (PA HPTC) to 22 projects across the commonwealth through the FY 2019-2020 PA HPTC Allocation. The … Continue reading