Point Park applies to demolish historic sites
By Bob Bauder
Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Point Park University has applied for permits to demolish three historic buildings on Forbes Avenue, Downtown, city planners said Tuesday.
The buildings, including the former Honus Wagner Co. sporting goods store, would be torn down to make way for a new Pittsburgh Playhouse, according to the Planning Commission.
The university plans a six-story performance and teaching venue at 320, 322 and 330 Forbes, which it describes in its spring issue of The Point magazine as world-class space for “everything from classical to unconventional productions.”
The project includes large windows facing the street that would let passers-by look into the theater. When the building is finished, Point Park would move the Playhouse from its location in Oakland.
Mariann K. Geyer, the university's vice president for external affairs, confirmed the project includes demolition but declined to provide details before a Planning Commission meeting.
“We're working on our presentation, and we'll have all those details available at the Planning Commission meeting next week,” she said.
The building at 320 Forbes, which housed the sporting goods store, was built as the Royal Restaurant around 1910, according to Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. Its neighbor at 322 Forbes was built in 1911 and housed multiple tenants, including a first-floor restaurant and second-floor pool hall.
Harris Amusement Co. once occupied 330 Forbes, built around 1915.
Bob Bauder is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-765-2312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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