806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

AWCC Officers: 2020 Slate of Nominees

President: Ann Gilligan
Vice President: Tom Barbush
Secretary: Bob Griewhan
Treasurer: Cathy Serventi
Sargent-at-Arms: Sara Sweeney
Membership: Tim Zinn
Housing and Planning: John DeSantis, Robin Zoufalik
Ways and Means: Annette Trunzo
Communications: Trish Burton
Friends of Allegheny West/Green Space: Diane Caruso
Property: Michael Shealey

AWCC Membership Meeting – September 10, 2019

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue
Tuesday, September 10th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – August Membership Meeting Minutes
  • 7:35 – Guests
    • Officer Burford, Pittsburgh Police
    • Molly Onufer, Mayor’s Office
    • Councilwoman Harris’ Office
    • Ms. Sacoyia Reed, Senator Wheatley’s Office
    • Erin Tobin, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
    • National Aviary (converting their tent into a permanent structure)
    • Greg Manley, Pittsburgh Firewalk (series of fire-lit storytelling carnivals in Allegheny Commons)
  • 8:10 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:20 – Ways and Means Update
    • Christmas Tour Update
  • 8:30 – Housing & Planning
    • WANID Update
    • Historic District Expansion
    • CCAC New Workforce Building
  • 9:00 – New Business
    • By-laws Committee
    • Block Grant
    • Membership Dues and November Elections
  • 9:15 – Adjournment

AWCC Membership Dues

Just a reminder that Allegheny West Civic Council dues must be paid by October in order to vote (for the new board) in November. Annual dues are only $3 (yes, you read that right) and a lifetime membership is only $45 (and then you never have to bother to read about dues again). You can drop an envelope with your check or cash – include your name – through the door of the AWCC office at 806 Western Avenue.

AWCC Membership Meeting – July 9, 2019

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue
Tuesday, July 9th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – June Membership Meeting Minutes
  • 7:40 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:10 – Ways & Means Update
    • Tour & Tasting Recap
  • 8:15 – Housing & Planning
    • WANID Update
    • Historic District Expansion
  • 8:30 – Adjournment

Seeking Members for the Ways and Means Committee!

Attention Neighbors: We need people who are interested in fundraising activities to join the Ways and Means Committee. We put together the various tours, raffles and special events for the neighborhood. Please consider becoming involved in the planning of upcoming events.  Committee meetings are on the second Monday of each month at the AWCC office (806 Western Avenue) at 7:30 pm. For the July 10th meeting, there will be  a debrief from the Wine Tasting Tour and discussion of preliminary plans for the Victorian House Tour. Hope to see you there! Any questions, please contact Annette at

AWCC Membership Meeting – June 11, 2019

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue
Tuesday, June 11th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – Guests
  • 7:50 – May Membership Meeting Minutes
  • 8:00 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:20 – House & Planning Committee Report
    • Western Avenue Neighborhood Improvement District (WANID)
    • Historic District Expansion
    • Norfolk Southern Double-Stacked Trains
  • 8:45 – Committee Announcements
  • 9:00 – New Business
  • 9:10 – Adjournment

AWCC Membership Meeting – May 14, 2019

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue
Tuesday, May 14th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – Guests
  • 7:50 – LHRC 2019 Allegheny West Preservation Awards
  • 8:15 – Reading and Approval of April’s Minutes
  • 8:20 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:50 – House & Planning Committee Report
    • Western Avenue Neighborhood Improvement District
    • CCAC Workforce Development & Training Center
  • 9:30 – Committee Announcements
  • 9:45 – Adjournment

2019 Allegheny West Preservation Awards

Submitted by Carole Malakoff

The Allegheny West Civic Council along with The Allegheny West Local Review Committee announce the 11th Annual Allegheny West Preservation Awards. These awards are presented to property owners in Allegheny West who have completed projects over the past year, retaining or restoring appropriate elements of historic character and adhering to the neighborhood guidelines. The success of these projects was attained by doing research, creating well thought-out plans, following neighborhood historic guidelines and working with the neighborhood LRC and the City HRC to seek advice on the application process and guidelines.

The 2019 award recipients are:

828 West North Avenue

Owner, Q Development

This structure was built in 1902 as a warp and weavers supply business with carpet cleaning on the second floor. In 1925 it became the Katsafanas Coffee Co. It was purchased by Q Development in 2016 for their offices. The brick was cleaned. Parapets were restored. The 1925 limestone “Katsafanas Coffee Co.” sign on the main façade was restored. Limestone sills were gently cleaned. Windows were restored to match the existing. The one-story hand painted sign on the west façade was restored.

847 Western Avenue

Owner, Keane George

Keane and his architect, John Francona, worked with the LRC to select missing façade elements on this building, formerly a laundromat. After much discussion and on-site visits, the final selection of tiles was appropriate in color and material to reflect the existing.

The Visual Arts Center

Owner, Community College of Allegheny County

These three projects greatly add to the historic ambience of the neighborhood streets, contribute to the economic development of our neighborhood, and enhance the quality of life in Allegheny West. To celebrate Preservation Month, the awards will be presented at the this month’s membership meeting.

Opening Reception: Allegheny West Historic Timeline Exhibition

CCAC Exhibition

Celebrating Over Five Decades of Rebuilding the Smallest Neighborhood in Pittsburgh

Allegheny West Civic Council is pleased to present the Allegheny West Historic Timeline Exhibition, in collaboration with Community College of Allegheny County.

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
CCAC Gallery at West Hall, Allegheny Campus on the Northside
826 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15233
Free and open to the public | Light refreshments will be served

The exhibition will be on display:

May 17 – June 20 [extended]

May Hours:
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

June Hours:
Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

The Allegheny West Historic Timeline Exhibition will be a celebration of the Allegheny West Civic Council’s 5 decades, focusing on struggles and success stories of a small neighborhood that progressed through passionate residents and finding solutions for future improvements. The exhibition will also show how this neighborhood came to be. Learn about the people that have called – and do call – its tree-lined streets and historic houses home. The graphic timeline and videos will inform and entertain to help gain a stronger understanding by documenting and archiving significant events and serve as an educational tool for generations to come.

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AWCC Membership Meeting – April 9, 2019

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, April 9th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – Guests
  • 7:40 – Sarah Quinn, Planner for the City of Pittsburgh on Allegheny West Historic District
  • 8:40 – Reading and Approval of March’s Minutes
  • 8:45 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:50 – House & Planning Committee Report
  • 9:15 – New Business
  • 9:30 – Adjournment