City Seeking Historic Restoration Specialty Contractors for Neill Log House in Schenley Park

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 14, 2021) The City of Pittsburgh Office of Management and Budget Procurement Division has announced a specialized request for qualifications (RFQ) has been released for the stabilization and restoration of the Neill Log House in Schenley Park, the oldest domestic structure in the City of Pittsburgh.   

The Neill Log House is a designated Pittsburgh Historic Landmark. Though sources vary as to the exact date of its construction, the most common belief is that Robert Neill constructed the cabin shortly after 1787. It changed ownership throughout the nineteenth century before it was donated to the City of Pittsburgh along with 300 acres of land by Mary Croghan Schenley. Schenley Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The preservation and stabilization of the historic structure will require firms that specialize in the restoration of log houses per U.S. Secretary of the Interior standards, so the City of Pittsburgh is seeking RFQs to gauge interest and establish a pool of contractors with the necessary expertise to complete projects on the house. No work will be awarded as a result of this RFQ, but vendors who respond would have the opportunity to bid for work if or when the City solicits specific preservation projects for Neill Log House.   

Management of the restoration will be led by the Department of Public Works with the support of community and local historic preservation partners. More information about the RFQ is available here. Interested firms must submit a statement of qualification to by August 21, 2021.

photo from 1900 of Neill Log House on a hill with horse and man at the bottom of the hill 

Neill Log House, early 1900s

Neill Log House in present day with snow around the log house

Neill Log House, recent


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Molly Onufer
Communications Director
Mayor's Office