A Program of Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

The Wilson Building

The restoration of the Wilson building, together with the Crescent Apartment building in the historic Hamnett Place neighborhood represent one of the largest restoration projects in Wilkinsburg.

The Wilson, along with the Crescent, scheduled for completion in late fall 2011 will bring 27 new units of affordable housing back to Wilkinsburg, with four units in the Wilson building and 23 in the Crescent Apartments.

Both buildings were highlighted as essential components of the rejuvenation of the borough in the Wilkinsburg Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (WNTI), a planning document, which had significant input from local residents, Wilkinsburg stakeholders, borough government, and the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.

Located at key locations in the Hamnett neighborhood, both buildings will serve as a beachhead of strength, and will promote further economic development and restoration activities throughout the neighborhood.

The project will include development features such as an on-site community room, an on-site computer facility, an on-site management office, laundry room, storage rooms for tenants, internet accessibility in all units, energy star appliances, and supportive services offered on-site and off-site by Hosanna House.

This $8.6 million restoration project would not have been possible without the support of numerous funders including the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, PNC Bank, Allegheny County Economic Development, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Supportive Services.