Rick Sebak

Lawrenceville Added To National Register Of Historic Places

The listing honors the neighborhood’s history but has no effect on private property owners in the district

July 16, 2019 - 1:16 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Wednesday that the Pittsburgh neighborhood Lawrenceville has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Pittsburgh’s department of City Planning made the announcement and say” The listing honors the neighborhood’s history but has no effect on private property owners in the district.”

The U.S. Park Service says, the recognition “is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.” 

“Lawrenceville is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, founded in 1814. It has such unique, historic character, which has directly led to its current economic boom,” said Brian Mendelssohn of the Lawrenceville Historical Society. “We are very happy the National Park Service recognizes the hard work by so many in preserving Lawrenceville’s historic buildings. This designation will only encourage more historic preservation. We love that it encompasses both the residential parts and the business district.” 

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to see the full nomination document which in part says,

“The period of significance of the historic district extends from 1814 to 1950. 1814 is the date of the founding of the original village of Lawrenceville around the Allegheny Arsenal, also established in that year, all on land purchased by William Barclay Foster. By 1950, the neighborhood had largely been built out, and Lawrenceville’s industrial production had reached its peak. The historic district includes 22 blocks of Butler Street, the neighborhood’s primary commercial corridor; the site of the Civil War-era Allegheny Arsenal, part of which is now a public park, and remaining resources associated with this complex; industrial and institutional resources that provided employment and medical and educational services to the community in the 19th and 20th centuries; churches; two cemeteries, including Allegheny Cemetery, previously listed individually on the National Register; and many blocks of residential resources representing a range of architectural styles as expressed in, predominantly, working class housing from the early 19th to the mid-20th centuries.” 

The area has transformed over the past decade with many restaurants, bars and small businesses opening.

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