As you hopefully know by now, YPA’s annual Top Ten Preservation Opportunities event is quickly approaching. This year’s Top Ten event will be held on Thursday, October 20th at The Frick in Point Breeze- if you have never had the opportunity to visit The Frick, this will be an excellent opportunity to experience one of Pittsburgh’s finest historic homes and multi-functional sites.
In this year’s Top 10 list you will find a diverse collection of structures from all over southwestern PA. As you may know, the Top 10 is culled together from a list of submissions sent in from the public over the course of the year and vetted by YPAs board of directors for inclusion. Interestingly enough, over a third of submissions this year included churches and places of worship. In Pittsburgh and across the country, finding a sustainable re-use to keep these beautiful buildings maintained and in active-use continues to be a challenge. To that extent, YPA will be hosting an event centered on that specific topic in February- be on the lookout for details in the coming months.
While this year’s Top 10 is all over the map, one common thread links them back to one of YPA’s key principles- that historic preservation is an essential tool for economic development and regional revitalization. The restoration and sustainable adaptive re-use of these sites can be a significant contributing factor or a spark that puts their respective communities on the track to positive growth and success. A number of Top 10 sites have followed that path – the McCook Mansion in Shadyside, The Cork Factory in the Strip, the Stand Theater in Zelionople, just to name a few. There’s a quite a few that “still need some love.” We will also be highlighting those this year.
We hope you will join us on October 20th to learn more about this year’s Top 10 Preservation Opportunities, socialize and support the growing preservation community and movement. Remember to use #YPAtopten leading up to and at the event!