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Rescued, Restored, & Reimagined: The Highland Park House Tour 2016

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Nestled in the Northern corner of Pittsburgh’s East End is a historical district that home’s a slew of urban farms, innovative restaurants, and a 500 acre park that overlooks Allegheny River.

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Joseph/ Flickr

Highland Park, like many of our city’s neighborhoods, contains historical homes that have become run down and abandoned. In an effort to encourage revitalization, the Highland Park Community Council (HPCC) has brought back a The Highland Park House Tour, an annual event that, after a seven year hiatus, has been brought back to life by the neighborhood’s current committee.

HPCC has been in operation since 1945, making it the oldest neighborhood organization in the city of Pittsburgh. Current President of the HPCC, Monica Watt, says that this event’s aim is “to show that these old houses can be rescued, restored, and reimagined”. Highland Park is a Residential Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places because of its diverse architecture and it’s residents dedication to preservation.

Our aim is to give proud homeowners the opportunity to… show-off their hard work and vision and give back to the community… -Monica Watt, HPCC President

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HPCC Pittsburgh/ FB

On May 7th, Highland Park will be welcoming the broader community into their homes for a house tour that highlights century old architecture, lush landscapes, and a peek at what makes this neighborhood thrive; hard work, dedication, and community involvement.

This self-guided tour will begin at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Hampton Street and run from 10am-3pm. While in the neighborhood be sure to visit some of the community’s many attractions including the Highland Park Pool, the Union Project, and the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium. For more information on the Highland Park House Tour visit hpccpgh.org.

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