Guest Blog – 20th Century Club Hosts Jonathan Davis

The Twentieth Century Club cordially invites members of the YPA to an evening with

Jonathan Davis, CEO of the Davis Companies

A native of Pittsburgh, Mr. Davis has spent the majority of his adult life in Boston where he has been responsible for more than $2 billion in developments in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, Colorado, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. Most notably for Pittsburgh, he is responsible for the recent historic makeover of the Union Trust Building downtown. Over the years, he has been recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year for New England and with the Leader in Philanthropy Award. He is a graduate of and sits on the Board of Brandeis University and is the Board Chair of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. Jonathan is intelligent and engaging. This is an evening you will not want to miss!

Monday, April 24 at 6 pm
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Reception (heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar)
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Mr. Davis presentation with Q&A
8:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Coffee and dessert

RSVP by Friday, April 21, 2017

*Parking is available at Soldiers and Sailors or Wyndham (UPMC) garages

Cash or checks (payable to The Twentieth Century Club) only at the door or in advance.

To make reservations, please:
call: 412/621-2353 – Pam York (ext. 512 – Business Office) or  e-mail:

The Twentieth Century Club
4201 Bigelow Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

2016 Top Ten Soon Approaching


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.

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Painting in the Park with YPA


On July 31st, BikePGH held its final Open Streets event for the summer of 2016.  OpenStreetsPGH is a family friendly event where residents and visitors alike get to experience Pittsburgh at the ground level and participate in activities and support and experience local businesses without the obstruction of vehicular traffic. The route for this particular Open Streets stretched from The Point in downtown Pittsburgh through the Northside, and across the West End Bridge to the West End Valley.

Part of what makes YPA membership so great is the opportunity for civic engagement and connection to the Pittsburgh community. YPA joined dozens of other organizations to volunteer to host tables and activities and direct bike and pedestrian traffic at major intersections. YPA was represented near the corner of Western Avenue and Brighton Road by the Allegheny Commons Pedestrian Bridge, one of our 2014 Top Ten Preservation Opportunities.

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Guest Blog: Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area



We’ve invited Corinne Betchel, Director of Tourism of Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, to contribute to the YPA blog as our first guest blogger.  Check out what’s happening with Rivers of Steel this summer!

Coming up on August 3rd, Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and the Young Preservationists Association will be co-hosting Happy Hour with Carrie – a one hour tour of the Carrie Furnaces followed by beer and socializing at Voodoo Brewery Homestead. YPA members receive a discount on tour tickets with the code YPA2016. This is a great opportunity to network with others who share a passion for preservation while checking out the incredible Carrie Furnaces site (and the awesome craft beer at Voodoo).

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Sneak Peak: Discover the Mon Valley Top Ten Tour

This Saturday is our Discover the Mon Valley Top Ten Tour! <—— Full details here

The tour will include stops to Elizabeth (Allegheny County) and Monessen (Westmoreland County).  Each town has a unique history, heritage, and architecture.  Tour guides William Prince (Elizabeth) and Matt Sharrow (Monessen) will share stories about their hometowns and why preservation matters in the beautiful Mon Valley. Below is a sample photo collage of just some of the sites you may see including Top Ten sites Moose Building and Grande Theater (Elizabeth) and Monessen Saving and Trust Bank.

See you Saturday June 11th at 10AM in downtown Elizabeth!  Share photos and stories on social media with #YPAtopten #MonValley #ThisPlaceMatters



elizabeth bridge reflection

An iconic bridge crossing the Monongahela River

Moose ‘

How can you envision an adaptive reuse for this #YPAtopten site?

red lion

Details of a former bank building, now restaurant

streetscape few years ago

A streetscape from a few years ago, come see what’s new on our walking tour



500 look up

Look up and around to see this #YPAtopten site

monessen streetscape

Across from 500 Donner, Monessen Savings and Trust

monessen to be renovated

Soon to be renovated for new apartments


Active industry in this historic mill town