The Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation was founded in 1964 by a group of citizens who passionately believed that historic preservation, rather than massive demolition, could be a tool for renewing communities, creating pride among residents, and stimulating the economy.
At the time, the city was spending vast amounts of public money to replace some of the most historic neighborhoods and commercial areas with bland architectural concepts, parking lots and roadways.
Since then, PHLF has shown that preservation of architectural landmarks, historic neighborhoods and commercial districts ranging from Manchester to the Mexican War Streets, Carson Street, Downtown and a number of main streets in Allegheny, Butler and surrounding counties, can be a catalyst for urban renewal.
“There is not a preservation organization on the local level anywhere in the country that can match the work of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.”
- Richard Moe, former President
National Trust for Historic Preservation