Wheatley announces nearly $224K in Keystone Historic Preservation grants

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 9 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley announced approximately $223,500 in grants were awarded to the city of Pittsburgh and several museums and historical organizations in the city.

Wheatley, D-Pittsburgh, said the following entities were awarded Keystone Historic Preservation grants from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission:

Construction category:

  • City of Pittsburgh - $100,000
    These funds will be used to rehab the windows of the Oliver Bath House, which is listed on the National Historic Ledger, as part of the overall rehabilitation project to preserve the bath house.
  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy - $50,000
    Funds will be used to restore the Hartzell Memorial Monument, also known as the “Man, Beast and Bird” fountain/statue in Allegheny Commons Park.

  • The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh - $24,000
    Grant funds will be used to support repointing of the granite façade of the Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny building to repair and prevent further water damage.

Planning project category:

  • Allegheny Historic Preservation Society, Inc. - $24,500
    The society will use the funds to conduct a thorough investigation of the Elks building, an important work of famous Pittsburgh architect Edward B. Lee, including future strategic planning, fundraising and renovation.
  • New Hazlett Center for the Performing Arts - $25,000
    The funds will be used to develop plans for preservation work and capital improvements for the theater, which is housed in the historic Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny.

“Pittsburgh is a city rich in history, culture, and architecture, and these state grants are truly wise investments that will make it possible for current and future generations to continue to enjoy our city’s beautiful museums and landmarks for years to come,” Wheatley said.

The city’s grants are part of $2.6 million awarded by the PHMC to help historical and heritage organizations, museums and local governments in 24 counties. Keystone Historic Preservation grants receive funding from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, which is supported annually from a portion of state realty transfer tax revenue.

The grants support projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic resources in Pennsylvania. Funding also supports municipal planning that focuses on historic resources or may be used to meet building or community specific planning goals, and construction activities at resources listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. 

A total of 52 grants were selected from 94 eligible applications. Grant amounts ranged from $5,000 to $25,000 for project grants and from $5,000 to $100,000 for construction projects. All grants require a 50/50 cash match and were awarded through a competitive selection process.

More information can be found by visiting PHMC online.