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AWCC Membership Meeting Agenda – May 10, 2016

971 Beech Avenue
Tuesday, May 10th at 7:30

  • Allegheny West Historic Preservation Awards
  • Announcements
  • New neighbors
  • Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Draft Budget – 2016-2017 Fiscal Year
  • House Tour Update
  • Housing and Planning Updates
  • AWDC Updates
  • House History Update
  • Property: 806 Western Repairs/Upgrades
  • Friends: Cleanup & Parklet
  • Membership Events
  • NSLC Updates
  • Allegheny Commons
  • Committee Q&A

Send a note to president@alleghenywest.org if you have additional agenda items to add.

News Round Up

Allegheny West is officially on Instagram – Follow us @AlleghenyWest_pgh. Share (or continue to share) your pictures of our beautiful neighborhood by tagging them #AlleghenyWest or more directly with us by tagging us, putting @AlleghenyWest_pgh in the comments of your pictures on Instagram.

House History Project – Remember to share any House History information as soon as possible. The archival team at Pitt has agreed to scan and archive our histories. Documents, photos and other materials can be sent electronically or left at 806 Western Avenue. More information is available at: www.alleghenywest.org.

Office Hours – Beginning in May, the AWCC office at 806 Western Avenue will be open for office hours. Feel free to drop off materials – or just come by with questions or just to say hello. Hours: Mondays from 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Tuesdays from 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Thursdays from 9:00 am-12:00 pm and Fridays from 11:00 am-2:00 pm.

Allegheny West Gazette Editor – Please submit all entries by the first of each month to Karen Haller Beer at gazette@alleghenywest.org.

The House History Project: We Need Your Help!

In an effort to not only preserve the fantastic house histories that were created by Carol Peterson but to update them for the digital era and make them available for the public, Allegheny West is embarking on a new project centered on our website. We are hoping to build out a really robust house histories/Before & After section of the Allegheny West website as materials arrive, and then to also explore putting together a walking tour that could include an interactive, mobile device-driven component. This will allow visitors (and residents!) to dig deeper into the homes around them and their long, glamorous pasts as well as the hard work that went into – and goes into – keeping them beautiful.

Neighbor and friend, Jim Wallace and webmaster, Nick Smerker are asking for anyone who has a house history (these are key), photos of their home or the neighborhood over the years, video recordings of folks talking about their homes or other interesting materials to get in touch via Nextdoor or directly at webmaster@alleghenywest.org. Hard copies of any materials can be dropped off at 806 Western Avenue. More information is available on our Website: www. alleghenywest.org.

The House History Project

There are many reasons why people come to love old houses.  These include the decorative features and layouts unavailable in the modern age, the solidity with which they are built, and the grand room sizes. One of the most interesting advantages of an older home is that it has a history. The world was different when it was built, and has changed dramatically over the years as the house has aged. Many families and people have lived in the house, and their stories are part of the fabric of American history. To live in an old house is to be a part of a much larger and longer story. What we today call Allegheny West is blessed by having a great many grand, unique and interesting houses. As a neighborhood, it has had a leading role in the history of both Pittsburgh and the country. As people move here, or come to walk our streets and see the architecture, they are curious about the people and the stories which animate the history of these houses.

Many of us have had house histories done by Carole Peterson. With Carole’s gracious permission, Allegheny West has undertaken to collect copies of those histories and publish them to our website. This will help tell the story of our neighborhood. We are hoping to build out a really robust house histories and Before & After section of the Allegheny West website as materials arrive. We’re also exploring the possibility of putting together a walking tour that could include an interactive, mobile device-driven component, allowing visitors (and residents!) to dig deeper into the homes around them and their long, glamorous pasts and the hard work that went into – and goes into – keeping them beautiful.

To do this, we need your cooperation.  

If you have a house history, please share it with us and allow us to add it to the neighborhood website. We are also looking for old photos of the neighborhood, and before and after pictures of the houses, to help flesh out the story. If you have those, please send them along as well!  Digital or scanned copies can be emailed to Cathy Serventi and to Nick Smerker, both reachable at webmaster@alleghenywest.org. Hard copies can be dropped off at the Allegheny West office (806 Western Avenue). You can drop them through the office door, addressed to the House History Project. Please make sure they’re in a protective envelope. After you drop them off, please email webmaster@alleghenywest.org so we know that there’s a history for us to pick up. Also, please provide a phone number for us to call to make arrangements to return the materials to you. By dropping off items for scanning, you’re giving us permission to post the photos or histories on the website. You can also drop materials off during the AWCC Membership meetings. Please don’t leave house histories at Calvary during other times. If you have other questions you can call (412) 323-8884.

Thank you,

Jim Wallace and Nick Smerker