Mayor Luke Ravenstahl last week cut the ribbon to unveil the South Side Market House’s new, ADA-accessible fitness room, celebrating the completed second phase of the Market House’s historic renovation.
The second of three renovation phases includes a remodeled fitness room, restoration of the entire second floor and improved ADA accessibility, bringing the building one phase away from complete usability. The market house building, closed in 2011 due to structural deficiencies, is one of the last two remaining 19th-century market houses in Pittsburgh.
“The South Side Market House is a valuable asset for the City of Pittsburgh, offering activities for residents of all ages while preserving a piece of our rich history,” Mayor Ravenstahl said. “Despite being almost 100 years old, after this renovation, this facility is going to be outstanding and is a true testament to our dedication to providing the highest quality of life for residents.”
The South Side Market House reopened in June 2012 after the completion of the first phase of renovations, which restored and upgraded the building’s first floor to include office and meeting space, flat screen TVs, easier access and new signage. Phase I was originally slated to cost $1 million, but cost under $250,000 due to in-house work provided by the city’s Department of Public Works.
The project’s second phase includes a remodeled gym and renovation of the entire second floor, bringing complete ADA-accessibility. Citiparks committed $20,000 for the project’s second phase materials and the city’s Facilities Maintenance staff provided the labor.
Extensively rehabilitated restrooms and showers received new fixtures, plumbing and ceramic tile. The gym, offices and facilities have been repainted, and the office areas received new floors. The gym floor was also refinished. Phase II totaled $115,000.
The project’s final phase – the addition of an art studio – will begin this summer and is anticipated to be completed by the end of this year.
The Market House is one of the largest of the city’s 15 healthy active living centers and also serves as a recreation facility and voting location. The center is open and available to seniors Monday through Friday, is utilized by organizations for various programs including youth dance programs and sporting leagues, and is used once a month by the food bank.
It also serves as a satellite site for programs based in the Ormsby recreation facility on 22nd Street.
The South Side Market House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located within a City Historic District, and was awarded a Historic Landmark plaque.