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Approaching 100, Brentwood changes to keep up with times

| Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The White Hall Tavern, Point View Hotel and Davis Farm House are among one-time landmarks in Brentwood that are gone today. Newer businesses and buildings now stand in their place.

Artistic renderings and photos of Brentwood staples and the town's residents, along with stories about what life was like for the community's early settlers, are being compiled as the 1.4-square-mile borough approaches its 100th anniversary.

“One hundred years is very significant,” said Audrey Iacone, president of the Brentwood Historical Society. “Brentwood does have an interesting and unique history. ... It's a pretty dynamic neighborhood.”

Brentwood was incorporated on Nov. 6, 1915, and will celebrate its centennial in 2015.

Members of the Brentwood Historical Society, which had disbanded several years ago, regrouped in 2011 with the purpose of creating programs and gathering information for the municipality's centennial, Iacone said.

This year, the group is selling calendars at the Brentwood Public Library for $5 each — with artistic renderings of historic Brentwood buildings.

Drawings in the calendar include the Windsor Hotel, White Hall Tavern, Davis Farm House, Brentwood Borough Building from the early 1990s, Point View Hotel and an unpaved Brownsville Road.

“To see them in this calendar brings back memories for longtime residents and generates questions and historical awareness for those who are new to the community,” historical society member Julie McCarthy said.

Brentwood was a part of Baldwin Township, formed in 1844, which at one time encompassed more than 10,000 acres and included the areas that are now Baldwin Borough, Whitehall, Hays and Overbrook.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or

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