The following resources include useful websites regarding historic landmarks and the restoration of old or historic homes. Included are resources specific to the Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania region, as well as a section on resources for the research of house histories.
NATIONAL RESOURCES on HISTORIC RESTORATION
- National Register of Historic Places
This National Park Service’s website is the official site of the national historic registry. It includes a searchable database of research materials and lists of national historic landmarks with maps and photographs as well as information for how to list a property in the historic registry.
- National Service Preservation Briefs
This site offers a compendium of reference points for housing restoration and preservation projects.
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
Offers information on legal and policy issues on historic preservation and restoration, and a social network for older and historic homeowners. It also includes guides on weatherization for older and Historic Buildings, lead safe practices, a window contractor locator, workshops and seminars, Green on the Cheap, and Save Your Windows.
- Old House Journal
A premiere magazine for old house restoration, this website includes access to archived issues, current articles, an online community forum, and product guides.
- Old House Web
Old House Web offers how-to guides on a number of restoration and renovation projects for the owners of older homes including a green guide and a gardening section.
- Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation
The National Park Service’s official standards for the treatment of historic properties.
- Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
The Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation is recognized as one of the nation’s most innovative and effective non-profit historic preservation organizations.
- Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh
This organization aims to encourage more young people to get involved in historic preservation. YPA provides events, tours, research, training, technical assistance, and special projects that encourage the next generation to take a leadership role in preserving their communities.
- Preservation Pennsylvania
Dedicated to the preservation of historically significant properties in Pennsylvania, this organization’s website includes information for funding sources for historic preservation as well as a guide to community action for saving historic properties and neighborhoods.
- Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh House History Resources
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has listed a comprehensive set of books and organizations that homeowners can consult on preservation projects.
- Western Pennsylvania Craftsmen’s Guild
The purpose of this website is to provide homeowners with a list of highly qualified and experience craftsmen skilled in the restoration of historic properties including painting, plastering, stained glass, woodwork and upholstery.
- Wilkinsburg Historical Society
This page of the Wilkinsburg municipal site offers information about historic preservation in the borough, including a description of the various architectural styles found in Wilkinsburg.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh House History Resources
This is a great place to begin your house history search. Offering contact information and links to repositories of regional historical property records including deeds, city directories, census records and more. Included is a short bibliography of books on house history research available at the library.
This Old House article
This article discusses the process of building a house history for your home. It includes a good discussion of how to interpret architectural and building features to determine historical aspects of the home.
The website of this non-profit advocacy group includes a substantial list of local resources regarding historic properties and neighborhoods.