DEPARTMENT OF CITY PLANNING

Historic Nominations & Designations

Anyone can nominate a place to the register. Nominations are reviewed by the Historic Review Commission. See here for the nomination process.

What does a historic nomination and designation do?

  • Protects the exterior character of an individual property or district by requiring review of projects to specific standards.
  • Promotes sustainability by preserving buildings and building materials that already exist.
  • Positively impacts property values, neighborhood revitalization, tourism, job creation, and tax revenue generation.
  • Read the Economic Benefits Report for more information.

What can’t a historic nomination and designation do?

  • Force an owner to restore their property.
  • Force an owner to fix their property.
  • Necessarily prevent a determined owner from demolishing their property.

What are the criteria for historic designation?

  • Location as a site of a significant historic or prehistoric event or activity.
  • Identification with a person or persons who significantly contributed to the cultural, historic, architectural, archaeological, or related aspect of the development of the City of Pittsburgh, the State of Pennsylvania, the Mid-Atlantic region, or the United States.
  • Exemplification of an architectural type, style, or design distinguished by innovation, rarity, uniqueness, or overall quality of design, detail, materials, or craftsmanship.
  • Identification as the work of an architect, designer, engineer, or builder whose individual work is significant in the history or development of the City of Pittsburgh, the State of Pennsylvania, the Mid-Atlantic region, or the United States.
  • Exemplification of important planning and urban design techniques distinguished by innovation, rarity, uniqueness, or overall quality of design or detail.
  • Location as a site of an important archaeological resource.
  • Association with significant cultural or social aspects or events in the history of the City of Pittsburgh, the State of Pennsylvania, the Mid-Atlantic region, or the United States.
  • Exemplification of a neighborhood development pattern or settlement significant to the cultural history or traditions of the City, whose components may lack individual distinction.
  • Representation of a cultural, historical, architectural, archaeological, or related theme expressed through distinctive areas, properties, sites, structures, or objects that may or may not be contiguous.
  • Unique location or distinctive physical appearance or presence representing an established and familiar visual feature of a neighborhood, community, or the City of Pittsburgh.

Any area, property, site, structure, or object that meets any one or more of the criteria listed above shall also have sufficient integrity of location, design, materials, and workmanship to make it worthy of preservation or restoration.

List of City of Pittsburgh Historic Nominations

 

The City of Pittsburgh Historic District interactive map coming soon.

List of City of Pittsburgh Historic District Guidelines

List of City of Pittsburgh Historic District Maps

 

List of Draft National Register Nominations for Public Comment