Half of 200-plus 'at risk' historic properties in Pennsylvania remain so
About half of more than 200 historic properties that Preservation Pennsylvania identified as “at risk” during the past 20 years remain that way, the group said in a report released on Wednesday.
Thirty-six properties were lost — demolished or substantially altered, according to “Pennsylvania At Risk, 1992-2012.” Sixty-four, including the Carrie Furnaces 6 and 7 in Rankin, were saved.
Properties in peril include houses, schools, churches, theaters, medical facilities, other industrial properties, a bridge, train station, cemetery, an archaeological site, roller coaster and a bandshell.
“This list is a compilation of resources that lots of people care about. ... A lot of these resources may have been forgotten over the years,” said Mindy Crawford, the group's executive director. “We hope to stir up some memories.”
Carrie Furnaces 6 and 7 are important monuments, said August R. Carlino, CEO of the eight-county Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, which includes other historic industrial sites.
“There is nothing like this left, not only in Pittsburgh, but the country,” he said.
Towering 92 feet over the Monongahela River, the Carrie furnaces are rare examples of pre-World War II iron making technology, preservationists said. Built in 1907, the furnaces produced iron for the Homestead Works from 1907 to 1978.
They drew 3,000 to 4,000 visitors last year from as far away as Florida and Arizona, Carlino said. Their $78 million stabilization and restoration is central to a $500 million brownfield restoration project the county is leading.
The Preservation Pennsylvania list can “raise awareness of endangered historic properties,” said Andy Masich, chairman of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and CEO of the Senator John Heinz History Center.
Historic preservation tourism pumps billions of dollars into the state and funds thousands of jobs, studies show. About 32 million visitors spent $1 billion at Pennsylvania historical sites in 2011, which supported 37,000 jobs, according to a report published last year by state historical and preservation groups.
Preservation Pennsylvania listed the Thomas Kent Jr. Farm in Greene County as a property that was saved — sort of.
Subsidence from longwall mining cracked the farm's 1851 Greek Revival main house, despite bands and cables to hold it together. A corner of the structure was reconstructed.
Craig Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf: ‘Theatrics’ holding up budget
- Bucks County tells state: No budget, no tax payments
- Pennsylvania Senate defeats tax overhaul plan
- Philly DA says training helped prosecutors named in scandal
- Philly traffic stop turns violent; trooper shot in shoulder
- Amish man runs Harrisburg marathon in his traditional clothing
- Western Pa. community colleges struggle for relevancy as enrollment falls
- Senator Casey: Stop cash flow, watch ISIS terrorists squirm
- Court says porn emails aren’t public records under Pennsylvania law
- Nonprofit: Pennsylvania leads in young male OD deaths