Wheatley: History preservation projects receive state support

PITTSBURGH, June 6 – Two history preservation projects in Pittsburgh have been selected to receive state grants, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced today.

The first grant, of $100,000, will assist the New Hazlett Center for the Performing Arts stabilize an important exterior feature of the performing arts center, preventing further damage and enhancing public access to the building.

The second grant announced today, $5,000 for Preservation Pittsburgh, will help the organization list the former Jones & Laughlin headquarters building on the on the National Register of Historic Places as well as Pittsburgh's Register of Historic Places, by allowing the hiring of a researcher to photo-document the building, research and write a comprehensive history, establish significance arguments, and navigate the nomination processes.

“These grants will help our communities preserve and protect their heritage for future generations,” Wheatley said. “I was proud to support these grants because it is important that we maintain historic structures for future Pennsylvanians to enjoy and to understand their shared past. Doing so adds to the character and culture of our communities, ensuring that our neighborhoods are vibrant, interesting places to live and work.”

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.