Join us on Friday, June 7 to learn more about the past present and future of the church building.
Friends of Albright will be presenting this Friday at the East Liberty Valley Historic Society Lecture series.
Friday, June 7, 2019
Albright United Methodist Church:
A Historical Past, Present, and Future
Members of Friends of Albright, a group formed to save the Bloomfield church from demolition, will present an illustrated talk about the history of the congregation and its distinctive 1906 Richardsonian Romanesque stone building, the campaign to protect it through historic designation, and what the future may hold. The church, designed by Pittsburgh architect Chancey W. Hodgdon and now closed, is located at 486 S. Graham St. It is owned by the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, which intends to sell it to a developer with plans to demolish.
Here are two fully verified events this week that may be of interest to the Friends of Albright Community. Albright will be featured on one of the panels at the Saving Sacred Spaces Summit on Thursday.
Join the Young Preservationists Association as we welcome Partners for Sacred Places, The Steeple Project, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and other community leaders to discuss and develop a narrative to help save abandonded and neglected sacred spaces in our region. Our panel of experts will describe how other communities have found new purposes for these architectural gems.
Refreshments will be available as well as a cash bar. $5 donation appreciated.
How do we shape the future of our historic resources in East Liberty and the North Side, two neighborhoods significantly and irreversibly impacted by Mid-Twentieth Century Urban Renewal? Are the vestiges of Urban Renewal worth preserving? How do we protect our communities and their identity?
The Boards of Preservation Pittsburgh and the East Liberty Valley Historical Society, along with moderator Don Carter, FAIA, FAICP, LEED AP, invite you to participate in the discussion of these issues and more.
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a night of trivia! Support Friends of Albright at Wigle Whiskey! A portion of the sales from this evening will be donated to Friends of Albright.
Date: February 13, 2017
Location: Wigle Wiskey – 2401 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Please RSVP on this Google form. (Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1614413568867482/)
Trivia will be hosted by Dave Mansueto and the team who hosts Pub Quiz night at Brillobox in Lawrenceville every Wednesday. Questions will be a mix of Valentine’s Day and Albright trivia.
Study up on your Albright trivia by reading this article on Albright’s history from the East Liberty Valley Historic Society, some of the new articles about Albright, and follow @AlbrightPGH on Twitter.
Friends of Albright would like to extend a sincere thanks to
- Wigle Whiskey for hosting this event
- Amy Enrico, owner of Tazzo D’oro for providing food for the evening
- Preservation Pittsburgh, Young Preservationists & East Liberty Valley Historic Society for helping to spread the word.
One of the many groups that has been supportive of Friends of Albright has been the Young Preservationists of Pittsburgh. (YPA named Albright to their 2015 Top 10 list.) This weekend, April 8-10, 2016, the Young Preservations of Pittsburgh are hosting the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists here in Pittsburgh. Young preservationists from Buffalo, Indianapolis, West Virginia, and Ohio will be descending on the steel city to learn more about historic preservation in Pittsburgh and share ideas for best practices for historic preservation in the rust belt.
Learn more about the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists (RBCoYP)
Organizations Participating in the RBCoYP Summit:
RBCoYP Events You Can Attend
The entire RBCoYP schedule is included below. This group has put together an impressive array of events to show off the city of Pittsburgh. If you would like to join the Rust Belt Coalition, events on Sunday, April 10 are open to the public:
Rust Belt Coalition Pittsburgh Summit Events:
Friday, April 8, 2016 – Evening
Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists Launch Party! & #BeerSavesPlaces Competition
With the help of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Mexican War Streets Society, the RBCoYP is launching the PGH Summit with a bang at the Inn on the Mexican War Streets Bed & Breakfast! The Inn is housed in the historic Boggs Mansion (1888) in Pittsburgh’s Northside.
Saturday, April 9, 2016 – Morning
A Mexican War Streets Walkabout, 10:30am – 1pm
Join all the Rust Belt Coalition Summit attendees for a walk around the Mexican War Streets, one of Pittsburgh’s favorite National Historic Districts. The neighborhood dates back to 1848, around the time of the Mexican War, and many of the streets – Buena Vista, Monterey, Palo Alto, Resaca, Sherman, and Taylor – are named after battles or generals of the war. You’ll see some of the best examples of Pittsburgh row houses, wonderful community gardens, a firehouse that will be converted into a craft brewery, a sanctuary for endangered writers across the world, and a local gem known as Randyland.
Saturday, April 9, 2016 – Morning
Participants can choose one of these 3 tours:
- “Crossroads of the World”: A Hill District Foot Tour – From jazz musicians to photographers to playwrights, Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood provided a cultural melting pot where artistic genius was fostered. Today, demolition by neglect and redevelopment threaten many culturally important sites throughout the Hill. Terri Baltimore, Director of Community Outreach at the Hill House Association, will take us on a walk through the neighborhood highlighting and telling stories about the buildings and (more importantly) the people of “Little Harlem.” Space for this tour is limited to 18 people, so register today!
- Northside -> Downtown -> Mt Washington Bike Tour – Downtown. Central Business District. Golden Triangle. Whatever you want to call it, we’re going to bike it! And when we’re finished, we’ll take a furnicular up to the top of Mount Washington and see the best-known view of the city. We’re renting bikes so you can leave yours at home, but don’t forget your bike helmet! You can expect to bike about 6 miles on this tour, and don’t worry – we’re staying in one of the few flat areas of Pittsburgh! Space for this tour is limited to 20 people, so register today!
- Steppin’ Out: An Urban Hike on the City Steps – The system of Pittsburgh City Steps are the city’s most unique form of transportation, and offer some of the most stunning views of the surrounding areas. You can expect to hike and step about 3 miles on this adventure. We’ll end atWigle Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden, where we’ll get a tour of the Barrelhouse and soon-to-open Ciderhouse. Many thanks to Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh for sponsoring the tour!
Sunday, April 10, 2016 – Morning
Friends of Albright is honored to learn that we have been selected to receive the Mary J. Paradise Community Preservation Award from Preservation Pittsburgh. The award will be presented on Thursday, December 16, 2015 at the Preservation Pittsburgh Holiday Party.
From the Preservation Pittsburgh board:
It is my pleasure to notify you that Preservation Pittsburgh‘s Board has selected you to receive this year’s Mary J. Paradise Community Preservation Award. This award recognizes a community group who worked to further historic preservation as a public good within the City of Pittsburgh.
Specifically, that Board wishes to acknowledge the significant contributions surrounding the once and future Albright United Methodist Church. We also would like to recognize your community advocacy in educating the public about the building’s history and the role it plays as an aesthetically integral part of Bloomfield.
We are honored to have our efforts to preserve and reuse the Albright Church building recognized by Preservation Pittsburgh. We are delighted that so many members of the community have come together to ensure that Albright remains a bright spot in the Bloomfield neighborhood.
Please celebrate with us and support long odds Preservation Pittsburgh at their annual holiday party.
Preservation Pittsburgh Holiday Party
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Arnold’s Tea, 502 E Ohio St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
More information about the event is available here.
About Mary J. Paradise
Mary J. Paradise founded Preservation Pittsburgh in 1999. Her records from the organization are available in the archives at the University of Pittsburgh.
This Friday, December 4, 2015, the East Liberty Valley Historical Society is holding a lecture titled “In Plain Sight: Fragments of a Vanished East End” which will look at some of the buildings that have been demolished in the East End including Col. James M. Guffey Houses, the Croghan-Schenley Estate, the Buick Motor Car Company, the Thomas Atterbury House, and others.
The Croghan-Schneley Estate (Stanton Heights)
This was located in Stanton Heights. You can read more about the golf course that was located here from this 2009 Post-Gazette article. The blog Old Pittsburgh Maps has an extensive post on this property here which includes some of the blue prints of the house here.
You can view many more photos from this building via the Library of Congress here.
Lecture: In Plain Sight: Fragments of a Vanished East End
Friday, December 4, 2015
East Liberty Presbyterian Church
Hosted by East Liberty Valley Historical Society
Free, you can RSVP on the Historic Preservation MeetUp page here.
Follow the East Liberty Valley Historical Society on Facebook here. The East Liberty Valley Historical Society featured Albright in their September newsletter here.
Albright United Methodist Church has been named by the Young Preservationists Association as on the top 10 preservation opportunities for 2015.
All are welcome to attend the YPA Top Ten Preservation Event at the Union Project on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 from 6-9pm. We hope to have a great turnout of Albright supporters and this is a great chance to see the Union Project, a former baptist church that has been re-purposed as a community center.
Tickets are $15 for YPA members, $25 if you aren’t a member. You can join YPA for $15, a great way to support a local historic preservation organization.
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Tickets and event details are available on the YPA website here.
Follow YPA on Twitter @YPA_PGH
The East Liberty Valley Historical Society has an exciting line up of lectures this fall. The first lecture is Friday, September 4th at 7:30 at East Liberty Presbyterian Church – David Grinnell, an archivist from the University of Pittsburgh Library system will speak on:
Methodism in Pittsburgh’s East End Neighborhoods: A 180 Year Historical Perspective. Themes include abolitionism, women’s suffrage and class.
Free to the public! All talks start promptly at 7:30PM.
116 S. Highland Avenue, Room 234, East Liberty Presbyterian Church.
You can learn more about this history of the East End neighborhoods on the East Liberty Valley Historical Society Facebook page here.
The congregation of Albright United Methodist Church invites the community to join them for their weekly Sunday service on the church lawn. The service on Sunday, August 16 will be followed by a community meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend both the service and the community meeting.
Please let us know if you plan to attend by RSVPing to the Facebook event or leaving a comment on this page.