This past Tuesday night, our school was pleased to host a presentation by University of Pittsburgh students from this semester’s Architectural Studies class who have been using the school as a field site to learn about researching and documenting a historic building. The class has been focusing on compiling the materials to submit a National Register of Historic Places nomination to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) in January. If all goes as planned, the nomination should go through and the building will be officially listed on the National Register. The Pitt students presenting findings from their research and framed them in the context of the National Register nomination, which focuses on the period of significance of the Ursuline Academy’s ownership of the building from around 1895 until 1993.
PHMC representative Bill Callahan attended and was very pleased with the work of the students. He commented that he complexity of the buildings and their history make for a challenging nomination that would have cost upwards of $10,000 to be completed by a private consultant. The school would like to extend its thanks to the Pitt students and all their hard work this semester.