Guide to the Preservation Pittsburgh Records, 1985-2005 AIS.2005.03

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Preservation Pittsburgh Records
Creator
Preservation Pittsburgh.
Collection Number
AIS.2005.03
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1991-1998
Date [inclusive]
1985-2005
Extent
7.25 linear feet (plus 3 cassette tapes and plaque)
Abstract
These records contain documents collected by Mary J. Paradise, founding president of Preservation Pittsburgh, a nonprofit organization devoted to the retention and creation of designated historic districts and buildings within the City of Pittsburgh. The records span 1985-2005 and consist of general correspondence of the organization, meeting minutes, bylaws, committees, reports, research, and specific projects that Preservation Pittsburgh undertook.

Preferred Citation

Preservation Pittsburgh Records, 1985-2005, AIS.2005.03, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

Return to Table of Contents »


History

Founded by Mary J. Paradise in 1991, the nonprofit organization, Preservation Pittsburgh, was born out of an unsuccessful, although very significant, attempt to prevent the demolition of an Oakland landmark: the Syria Mosque. A performance venue located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Bigalow Boulevard in Oakland, the Syria Mosque was designed by Huehl, Schmidt & Holmes architectural firm of Chicago and constructed in 1912. As part of an official Master Plan, the University of Pittsburgh successfully lobbied (although perhaps illegitimately) the Pittsburgh City Planning Commission to raze the Syria Mosque to make way for an expansion of its medical facilities. Preservation Pittsburgh emerged out of the mobilization of concerned citizens in a very public protest and campaign known as the "Save the Syria Mosque Organization.” Despite attempts by the Pittsburgh City Council to preserve the building, the Syria Mosque was torn down beginning in August 1991; today the site contains a parking lot.

This mobilization effort gave birth to Preservation Pittsburgh, which soon developed into a viable activist group with an advanced structure of bylaws, officers, a vast membership, and numerous committees in place, each with a prerogative concerning the retention and creation of designated historic landmarks, buildings, and districts. The organization’s mission statement advocates for public awareness of local history and preservation, as well as the promotion of relevant goals to public officials, most notably the City Council. It has functioned to mitigate and instigate deliberations between government and development institutions, private groups, and citizen organizations in favor of its mission. It also has financially supported the creation and restoration of endangered historic landmarks, primarily buildings. Significant successful campaigns include the designation and restoration of Schenley Farms as a historic district as well as the Oakland Civic Center. Preservation Pittsburgh also supported the designation of the King Estate as a historic landmark, and other nineteenth-century mansions such as the former Victoria Hall, now the Waldorf School. Ascetic projects were also successfully undertaken to ban excessive billboard signs by recommending stringent regulations to the Pittsburgh City Planning Commission.

Return to Table of Contents »


Scope and Content Notes

The Preservation Pittsburgh Records retained by Mary J. Paradise (founder) contain original drafts as well as final copies of correspondence, key contacts of influence, and institutional records such as committee reports, grants allocated by the city, membership lists, project files, meeting minutes, bylaws, composed document histories, newspaper clippings, and research. The bulk of the material dates from 1991, when Preservation Pittsburgh was officially formed, to 1998.

Return to Table of Contents »


Arrangement

The records are arranged into the following three series:

Series I. Committee to Save the Syria Mosque, 1991-1995

Series II. Administrative Files, 1992-1999

Series III. Project and Relevant Organization Files, 1981-1998

Return to Table of Contents »


Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, February 2011

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Bryan M. Moll during the fall 2010.

Return to Table of Contents »


Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Pittsburgh (Pa.). City Planning Commission.
  • Preservation Pittsburgh.
  • Syria Mosque (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Genre(s)

  • Administrative records
  • Bylaws (Administrative records)
  • Correspondence
  • Minutes
  • Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Conservation and restoration

Subject(s)

  • Architecture
  • Architecture -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Associations
  • Historic buildings -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Historic buildings -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Conservation and restoration
  • Historic districts -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Historic preservation -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Nonprofit organizations -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

Return to Table of Contents »


Previous Citation

Preservation Pittsburgh Records, 1985-2005, AIS.2005.03, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Return to Table of Contents »


Collection Inventory

Series  I. Committee to Save the Syria Mosque, 1987-1995  (Bulk, 1991-1992)

  BoxFolder
Chronology of the Syria Mosque events organized by Mary Paradise, 1991 11-2
  Folder
Historic Review Commission chronology & other reports by history organizations, 1981-1982 3
  Folder
Historic Review Commission, minutes and reports, research for pending Alleghany County Court case, 1981-1982 4
  Folder
Research for litigation to save the Syria Mosque, 1982-1991 5
  Folder
Historic Review Commission, research material, 1982-1991 6
  Folder
A History in Documents, Syria Mosque, Schenley Farms, 1987-1991 7-8
  Folder
The Syria Mosque & University of Pittsburgh, Newspaper Coverage & Letters, 1991 9
  Folder
City Planning Commission, Historic Review Commission, research material, 1991 10
  Folder
Syria Mosque legal correspondence and fees, 1991 11
  Folder
Planning litigation to save the Syria Mosque, research & correspondence, 1991 12
  Folder
Historic Review Commission, clarification points, 1991 13
  Folder
Syria Mosque Advocacy planning, 1991 14
  Folder
Protest letters, meeting for Oakland hosted by the City Planning Commission, 1991 15
  Folder
Newspaper coverage, editorials, 1991 16
  Folder
Correspondence to Norman C. Arbes, Bureau for Historic Preservation, 1991 17
  Folder
Save Syria Mosque presentation to Commissioners of City Planning, 1991 18
  Folder
Protest letters, 1991 19
  Folder
Jim Ferlo to Jack Paradise, how to designate a historic district or landmark, 1991 20
  Folder
Allegheny County Court of Pleas case, Committee to Save the Syria Mosque v. National Development Corporation et al, 1991 21
  Folder
Syria Mosque, research and correspondence, 1991 22
  Folder
Mass advocacy mailing, Save the Syria Mosque Committee, 1991 23
  Folder
Assorted Chronology, Syria Mosque, Schenley Farms Historic District, Oakland Civic Center, 1991-1992 24-25
  Folder
Syria Mosque, research & correspondence, City Planning Commission, 1991-1992 26
  Folder
Syria Mosque, research & correspondence, 1991-1992 27
  Folder
Save the Syria Mosque, John G. Ranges, Chief of Chambers Development Company, 1991-1992 28
  Folder
Syria Mosque, University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees, 1991-1993 29
  Folder
Syria Mosque, research & correspondence, University of Pittsburgh, Commission of City Planning, 1991 30
  Folder
Protest Photographs, 1991 31
  Folder
Ferlo proposal to the City Planning Commission, 1991 32
  Folder
Committee to Save the Syria Mosque argues for designated historic landmark, 1991 33
  Folder
Save the Syria Mosque media, Preservation Pittsburgh unofficially formed, 1991 34
  Folder
Preservation Pittsburgh organized, 1991 35
  Folder
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania favors Mosque supporters, 1991 36
  Folder
Advocacy, outreach, Preservation Pittsburgh mission, 1992 37
  Folder
Designation of the Syria Mosque site, Preservation Pittsburgh, 1992-1996 38
  Folder
University of Pittsburgh Facilities Management Memorandum, 1993 39
  BoxFolder
Petition to "Save the Syria Mosque," 1991 636
  Folder
Historic Review Commission, BOCA, 1991 37

Return to Table of Contents »


Series  II. Administrative Files, 1991-1999  (Bulk, 1991-1996)

  BoxFolder
Accomplishment evidence 1992-1995 21
  Folder
ACLU, Legal and Organization Bylaws, 1994-1995 2
  Folder
Action Planning, Preservation Pittsburgh, 1993-1994 3
  Folder
Administration Binder, Paradise, 1991-1992 4
  Folder
Administration assorted files, 1992-1996 5
  Folder
Administration assorted files, 1993-1996 6
  Folder
"The Advocate," Preservation Pittsburgh Newsletter, 1991-1995 7
  Folder
"The Advocate," notes, assorted mailings, newspaper coverage, 1993-1996 8
  Folder
Annual Award, the Jamie D. Van Trump Award, 1994-1995 9
  Folder
Annual Award, James D. Van Trump, Jim Ferlo, 1992-1993 10
  Folder
Annual Dinner Meeting, 1991-1993 11
  Folder
Annual Dinner Meeting, 1993 12
  Folder
Annual Dinner Meeting, Second, Goals established, 1992-1993 13
  Folder
Annual Dinner Meeting, Third, 1994 14
  Folder
Annual Dinner Meeting, Victoria Hall 1994 15
  Folder
Annual Dinner Meeting, 1995 16
  Folder
Annual Reports, 1991-1993 17
  Folder
Annual Reports, 1994 18
  Folder
Articles of Incorporation, Original bylaws, consultation, tax exemptions, 1992 19
  Folder
Articles of Incorporation, Internal Revenue Services, Bylaws, 1992-1993 20
  Folder
Board of Directors, Preservation Pittsburgh, 1994 21
  Folder
Budget & Reports, 1991-1996 22
  Folder
Bylaws drafting, 501-C-4, Add Hoc Committee, 1994 23
  Folder
Bylaws drafting & reform, 1992-1996 24
  Folder
Bylaws drafting & 501-C-3, 1994-1996 25
  Folder
Bylaws 501-C-3 Taskforce, 1992-1993 26
  Folder
Committee, Action Alert, 1993 27
  Folder
Committee, Architectural Assessment, 1992-1993 28
  Folder
Committee, Environmental Amenity, 1991-1993 29
  Folder
Committee, Finance, records & reports, 1991-1992 30
  Folder
Committee, Membership, 1992-1996 31
  Folder
Committee, Nominating, officer records, 1992-1996 32
  Folder
Committee, Officers, reports, 1992 33
  Folder
Committee, Public Relations, 1994 34
  Folder
Committee, Religious Structures, 1991-1994 35
  Folder
Committee, Reports, 1993-1994 36
  Folder
City Council, Correspondence & statements, 1991-1992 37
  Folder
City Council, Lobbying, correspondence, planning, grants, 1991-1994 38
  Folder
City Council President, Jim Ferlo, correspondence, lobbying, grants, 1992-1994 39
  Folder
City Council, Hearings of interest, 1991-1997 40
  Folder
Consultation work for Preservation Pittsburgh, 1993 41
  Folder
Correspondence, Assorted, 1991-1994 42
  Folder
Correspondence, Assorted, 1993-1994 43
  Folder
Correspondence, Significant mailing materials, documents--arranged by Paradise, 1993-1999 44
  Folder
Coverage in newspaper media, Preservation Pittsburgh early organization, 1991 45
  BoxFolder
Chronology, Assorted by Paradise, 1991-1998 31-6
  BoxFolder
Early Organizing and Membership, 1991-1992 638
  BoxFolder
Editor, Letters, 1993-1994 37
  BoxFolder
Formalizing Preservation Pittsburgh's Committe structure and bylaws 1992-1995 635
  BoxFolder
Garden Party Fundraiser, 1993 38
  Folder
Grants, Research materials, 1991-1994 9
  Folder
Grants, Pittsburgh City Council, 1992-1994 10
  Folder
Grants, Pittsburgh Department of City Planning, 1992 11
  Folder
Grants, Pittsburgh City Council, 1993 12
  Folder
Grants, Pittsburgh Granting Agency, accomplishment representation 1994 13
  Folder
Grants, Research into potential funding, 1991-1994 14
  Folder
Historical Architecture Review Board, Senate Bill No. 805 to protect private property, preservation of cities, 1995 15
  Folder
Historical Architecture Review Board workshop, 1995 16
  Folder
Internships, 1993-1994 17
  Folder
Internal Revenue, 501-c-4, 1993 18
  Folder
Inventory, 1993 19
  Folder
Lubetz, Arthur, Agreement expires, office moves to Cultural Trust Shared Office Space, 20
  Folder
Lubetz, Arthur, Gift of office space, 1992-1993 21
  Folder
Membership, Correspondence, 1992-1998 22
  Folder
Membership, Early organizing, 1992-1995 23
  Folder
Membership, Fundraising, treasurer's report, 1991-1992 24
  Folder
Membership, Renewal sample letters, 1993-1994 25
  Folder
Mailings & Postage, 1993-1994 26-27
  Folder
Meeting Announcements, 1991-1995 28
  Folder
Meetings, Board 1994 29
  Folder
Meeting Minutes, Board of Directors, 1996 30
  Folder
Meeting Minutes, Preservation Pittsburgh Handbook, 1996 31
  Folder
Meeting Minutes, 1992-1993 32
  Folder
Meeting Minutes, 1993-1994 33
  Folder
Meeting Minutes, annotated, 1991-1992 34
  Folder
Meeting Minutes, 1992-1994 35-36
  Folder
Meeting Minutes, 1997-1998 37
  Folder
Meeting Minutes & Member Information, 1992 38
  Folder
Meeting Minutes & Membership 1994 39
  Folder
Meeting Minutes & Membership 1995-1996 40
  Folder
Meeting Minutes, General Members, 1992-1993 41
  Folder
Newspaper coverage media, correspondence & reports with members, University of Pittsburgh development in Oakland 1993-1995 42
  BoxFolder
Historic Preservation Ordinance, Appeal to Councilman Ferlo, 1996 41
  Folder
Paradise, Assorted notes 1991-1993 2
  Folder
Paradise, Research information into nonprofit organization, undated 3
  Folder
Pittsburgh City Parks, 1992-1994 4
  Folder
Pittsburgh Register of Historic Places 1993 5
  BoxFolder
Preservation Pittsburgh, Initial organization as nonprofit 1991 632
  Folder
Preservation Pittsburgh, Established as nonprofit, justification & planning 1992 33
  BoxFolder
Preservation Pittsburgh, Assorted board correspondence, 1993 46
  Folder
Preservation Pittsburgh, Initiatives, 1991-1994 7
  Folder
Preservation Pittsburgh, Original notes on possible goals & structure, 1985-1993 8-9
  Folder
Preservation Month, 1994 10
  Folder
Preservation Week, 1992 11
  Box
Preservation Week, includes Pittsburgh City Council Resolution plaque 1993 6
  Folder
Preservation Week, includes Pittsburgh City Council Resolution plaque 1993 12
  Folder
Preservation Week, 1994 13-14
  Folder
Preservation Week, 1995 15
  Folder
Preservation Week, 1996 16
  Folder
Preservation Week, Membership, 1996 17
  Folder
Preservation Week, Sunny Ledge Mansion, 1995 18
  Folder
Press Releases, 1992 19
  BoxFolder
Promotional & Fundraising Events, 1992-1996 634
  BoxFolder
Reports, Drafts, 1992-1993 420
  Folder
Retreat, Preservation Pittsburgh, 1992 21
  Folder
Retreat, Meeting announcements, 1992-1994 22
  Folder
Smithdale, Nancy--applicant for coordination consultant 1993 23
  Folder
Treasurer's Report 1993 24

Return to Table of Contents »


Series Project and Relevant Organization Files, 1981-1998  (Bulk, 1992-1998)

  BoxFolder
Allegheny City Society, 1993 425
  Folder
Allegheny County Jail, 1994 26
  Folder
Allegheny Historic Preservation Society, Inc., 1993 27
  Folder
American Institute of Architects, 1993-1994 28
  Folder
Begler Kowall & Ombres Law offices, Arthur Lubetz grant of office use, 1993-1994 29
  Folder
Bigalow Boulevard, 1996 30
  Folder
Billboards, Pittsburgh campaign against, Public hearing 987.01 and 987.02 proposal to amend, 1991-1993 31
  Folder
Billboards, Signs Zoning, 1992 32
  Folder
Billboards, Signs Zoning, 1992-1993 33
  Folder
Billboards, Signs Zoning, 1993-1995 34
  Folder
Billboards, Scenic America against, 1992 35
  Folder
Bloomfield Citizens' Council, 1992-1990 36
  Folder
Bloomfield Garden Corporation, 1995 37
  Folder
Bridges, 1993 38
  Folder
Center Avenue YMCA, Manchester Citizens' group Executive Director, Rhonda Brandon supports Preservation Pittsburgh's dedication, 1994 39
  Folder
Center Avenue YMCA, National Trust for Historic Preservation president advocates, 1994-1995 40
  Folder
Citizens' League of Southwestern Pennsylvania, 1992-1993 41
  Folder
Community Technical Assistance Center, 1985-1994 42
  Folder
Concept Paper: "Faith, Spirit, and Heritage: Houses of Worship in Western Pennsylvania," prepared for Preservation Pittsburgh president Arthur Lubetz June 24, 1997 43
  Folder
DeAngelis, Jim, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Urban and Regional Planning, 1992-1993 44
  Folder
Downtown Pittsburgh, 1994-1995 45
  Folder
Downtown Register Historic District Research, 1987-1994 46
  Folder
East Carson Street Historic Designation, South Side Local Development Company, 1992-1993 47
  Folder
East Liberty Development Company, 1992-1994 48
  Folder
Freeman, Peggy Pierce, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Mary Cardwell and the National Negro Opera Company, 1993-1994 49
  Folder
Friends of the Riverfront, 1992-1997 50-51
  Folder
Highland Park Reservoir, 1993 52
  Folder
The Hill District, 1993 53
  Folder
Historical Architectural Review Board, 1995 54
  Folder
Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania (Heinz History Center), 1991, 1993-1996 55
  BoxFolder
Holland, Dan, Board Member of Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG), 1992-1993 51
  Folder
Hussey, Thomas L., University of Pittsburgh, 1992-1996 2
  Folder
King's Estate Garden Party, 1990-1993 3
  Folder
Longhill Property, 1992 4
  Folder
Lowe, Stanley, correspondence on "Sacred Places," 1994 5
  Folder
Lubetz, Arthur, 1994-1997 6
  Folder
Lubove, Roy, Pittsburgh Historian, death, 1995-1996 7
  Folder
Market Square, 1991 8
  Folder
Moorewood-Shadyside Civic Association, 1994 9
  Folder
Neighborhood Groups and Organization Advocacy, 1991-1992 10
  Folder
Neill Log Cabin, Ad Hoc Committee, copies of historical and secondary sources to compile final report of legal status of the building, 1993-1994 11-12
  Folder
Neill Log Cabin, Ad Hoc Committee to Organize Harvard-Yale-Princeton Club tour, 1992-1993 13
  Folder
Neill Log Cabin, Background research, possible project, 1992-1993 14
  Folder
Neill Log Cabin, Copies of historical documents, 1993 15
  Folder
Neill Log Cabin, Restoration, public advocacy and Preservation Pittsburgh Ad Hoc Committee efforts and research, 1993-1996 16-18
  Folder
Oakland Civic Historic District, 1991-1994 19-21
  Folder
Oakland Community Council, 1993-1997 22
  Folder
Oakland Directions, Inc., including by-laws, membership and officers, 1991-1992 23
  Folder
Oakland Neighborhood Alliance, 1994 24
  Folder
Oakland Neighborhood Conservation Association, 1981-1985 25
  Folder
Oakland Planning and Development Corporation, 1993-1994 26
  Folder
Page, David, 1992 27
  Folder
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau for Historic Preservation, Key 93, 1992-1995 28
  Folder
Penzer, Richard, developer, 1994 29
  Folder
Philadelphia Historical Commission, Appellate Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Eastern District reverses decision against, 1988-1991 30
  Folder
Phipps Conservatory, 1993 31
  Folder
Pittsburgh Archaeology and History, Committee on, 1992-1995 32
  Folder
Pittsburgh Athletic Association, 1991-1992 33
  Folder
Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, 1994-1995 34
  Folder
Pittsburgh Department of City Planning, 1991-1995 35
  Folder
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, 1994-1995 36
  Folder
Pittsburgh Founders Council, 1992-1994 37
  Folder
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, 1992-1997 38
  Folder
Pittsburgh & Pennsylvania Historical Organizations, 1990 39
  Folder
Preservation Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, resume of Howard Kittell, Executive Director, 1989-1994 40
  Folder
Preservation Pittsburgh awarded an outstanding community service award by The Observer, 1995-1996 41
  Folder
Preservation Pennsylvania, 1994 42
  Folder
Preservation Pennsylvania, reports, 1991-1995 43
  Folder
Regional Resources, Inc., 1992-1993 44
  Folder
Saint Mary Magdalene, 1994 45
  Folder
Saint Paul's Cathedral, 1991-1992 46
  Folder
Save Outdoor Sculpture, 1993 47
  Folder
Schlenke, Helen, against Mellon Bank, 1994 48
  Folder
Schenley Ballroom, 1992-1993 49
  Folder
Schenley Civic Association against Schenley Hotel Association, 1987-1988 50
  BoxFolder
Schenley Farms, Ad Hoc Committee of, 1993 61
  Folder
Schenley Farms, 1985-1987 2
  Folder
Schenley Farms, 1987 3
  Folder
Schenley Farms Civic Association, 1989-1996 4-6
  Folder
Schenley Farms Civic Association, Holiday Inn, 1988-1990 7
  Folder
Schenley Farms Designation in Oakland Historic District, 1991-1996 8
  Folder
Schenley Farms, Efforts to designate as historic district, 1991 9
  Folder
Schenley Farms, Research into Franklin F. Nicola, Schenley Farms realtor, 1983-1991 10
  Folder
Sierra Club, Allegheny County, 1992 11
  Folder
Smith, Christopher, Councilman endorses Hill District YMCA dedication, 1994 12
  Folder
Society of Architectural Historians, 1993 13
  Folder
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, 1992-1993 14
  Folder
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial site and chronology, 1991-1992 15
  Folder
Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, 1992-1994 16
  Folder
The 1840s Murray House, 1992 17
  Folder
The Priory, 1995 18
  Folder
The Regent, 1992 19
  Folder
The Twentieth Century Club, 1992 20
  Folder
Thrice, Harley, 1994-1995 21
  Folder
University Club, 1992 22
  Folder
University of Pittsburgh, 1994 23
  Folder
University of Pittsburgh, Master Space Plan Interim Report, 1992 24
  Folder
University of Pittsburgh, O'Connor, President, 1991-1994 25
  Folder
University Presbyterian Hospital Office, 1990-1991 26
  Folder
Urban Redevelopment Authority merger with City Planning, 1992 27
  Folder
Ursuline Center Bloomfield Citizens Council, proposed Ursuline Academy Historic District, 1992-1994 28
  Folder
Washington County Historical Society, 1993 29
  Folder
Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, 1992-1993 30
  Folder
Westmoreland County Historical Society, 1993 31

Return to Table of Contents »