Gainey: History preservation projects to receive $182,000 in state grants

PITTSBURGH, June 6 – Two area historical preservation projects will be able to move forward thanks to more than $182,000 in state grants, state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, announced today.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission selected the Highland Park Pedestrian tunnel and the Frick Art & Historical Center to receive the grants, part of a larger round of grant funding announced Thursday. The grants include $100,000 to address water issues in the tunnel, which was built in 1891. The Frick Art & Historical Center is also set to receive $82,500 to conduct critical structural repairs and repair water damage.

“I am happy that the state has chosen to invest in these two important historical preservation projects,” Gainey said. “These projects preserve the history of our region, which is integral to the identity of our neighborhoods. Protecting the past so that the generations of the future can know and understand where they came from empowers communities.”

The grants were made possible through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program, which provides funding to support projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic and archaeological resources in Pennsylvania for the benefit of the public and the revitalization of communities. Funding also supports municipal planning initiatives that focus on historic resources or may be used to meet building or community-specific planning goals. The program also supports construction activities at resources listed in or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.