Area locations are best preservation opportunities


Two locations in South Pittsburgh are on the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh (YPA) tenth annual list of the "Top Ten Best Historic Preservation Opportunities in the Pittsburgh Area."

Making the list as No. 1 was the Pittsburgh Sign on Mount Washington, the Beltzhoover School building came in as No. 5. The Top Ten report was unveiled at YPA's Tenth Anniversary Celebration on Saturday at the Union Project, 801 North Negley Avenue in Highland Park.

YPA's Top Ten List highlights endangered properties that have a good chance for survival and reuse. Through its Top Ten List, YPA highlights the economic value of historic preservation and encourages more young people to take an active role in preserving their community.

Incorporated in 2002, the YPA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit comprised of dynamic preservation leaders throughout the region organized to ignite a new historic preservation movement in southwestern Pennsylvania. The mission of Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh is the participation of young people in the preservation of historic resources.

The full YPA's 2012 Top Ten List includes:

1. Pittsburgh Sign, Mt. Washington

2. New Castle, Pa., Lawrence County

3. Mayview State Hospital, Upper Saint Clair, Allegheny County

4. Former Greensboro Public School, Greensboro, Greene County

5. Beltzhoover School, Beltzhoover

6. Race Street, Homewood

7. Beechwood Boulevard Bridge, Greenfield-Schenley Park

8 Turner Cemetery, Squirrel Hill 

9. Canonsburg Armory, Canonsburg, Washington County 

10. Bigelow Boulevard Retaining Wall, Hill District


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