Project to restore John Woods House to receive state tax credit

One of the oldest buildings in Pittsburgh will be converted into pub, restaurant

HARRISBURG, June 18 – A project to save one of the oldest buildings in Pittsburgh and turn it into a pub and restaurant has been selected to receive a $25,000 tax credit, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced today.

Located in Hazelwood, the John Woods House was constructed in 1792, and was home to Woods, a local prominent figure and politician whose father laid out the plan for the city of Pittsburgh. The long-neglected property was purchased in December with the goal of opening a historic bar, possibly in the fall.

“This is a wonderful project that will breathe new life and vigor into one of the most historic properties in our city,” Wheatley said. “This project is a true win-win – not only will one of the oldest buildings in the city receive some much-needed love, but it will be home to a new and vibrant business in our community. This project exemplifies what we can do when we leverage the historic tax credit program for the betterment of our communities.”

The Historic Preservation Tax Credit program, administered by the Department of Community & Economic Development and Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission since 2013, has invested more than $18 million to rehabilitate 105 historic buildings leveraging an estimated $1.5 billion in construction expenditures. The investments have helped preserve buildings that contribute to the distinct character of Pennsylvania’s boroughs, townships and cities. 

“Maintaining our stock of historic buildings is vital not just for preserving Pennsylvania’s history, but also for promoting investment in our communities and boosting the local economy,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “These tax credits help communities get new uses out of historic properties to ensure they’re making the area a better place to live, work and play.”

For more information about historic preservation or community development in Pennsylvania, residents can visit https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx or https://dced.pa.gov/