This past summer a class from the University of Pittsburgh’s Architectural Studies Department utilized the school building for a window restoration course. Seven students in the class removed, disassembled, refurbished, and reinstalled five windows from Miss Penny’s kindergarten classroom. The course covered the mechanics of historic double hung windows, rot repair using epoxy or dutchman techniques, glazing, and painting. Our own Facilities Manager Brendan Froeschl taught the course.
A second course from the same department is going on this fall on Tuesday and Thursday nights and is being taught by Jeff Slack of the architectural firm Pfaffmann+Associates. This course is a research and documentation class that will document more of the history of the building in order to prepare and submit a formal application to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for the building to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While such a designation does not automatically lead to grant funding, it bolsters a grant application significantly. The students from this course will also offer a presentation to the public at the end of the term to discuss their findings. Please watch for updates regarding this event.