Thursday, December 15, 2011

Preservation Opportunities: Spring Hill

Spring Hill is a historic hill-top neighborhood located on the North Side of the city of Pittsburgh.  While there are some beautiful Victorian homes in this neighborhood, many have seen better days.  Here are a few abandoned buildings in Spring Hill which could be excellent historic preservation opportunities.

UPDATE:  1810 Walz St. has been renovated. Click here to see how it looks today in comparison.

32 Woessner St., Spring Hill (Pittsburgh).  An abandoned, tax delinquent property.  It was purchased by a Las Vegas real estate company in 2007, shortly before the housing crisis.  Exterior is in good condition, but interior needs major work.

Historic church at 1620 Rhine St., Spring Hill (Pittsburgh). Built in 1902 by the German United Evangelical Independent Congregation.  The church was sold off by its few remaining members in 2009, for $35,000.  The roof had a leak at that time, but the interior and structure were very intact.   In only two years since the sale, because the owner has failed to do any kind of maintenance, the water penetration caused the roof to fall in. Many stained glass windows are still intact. 
Click here to see the Spring Hill Church in 2008, before the roof failure.
1620 Rhine St., Spring Hill (Pittsburgh).
Stained glass windows at 1620 Rhine St.

1846 Damas St., Spring Hill.  This abandoned, tax-delinquent property could be a charming home.

1810 Walz St., Spring Hill.  

1810 Walz St., Spring Hill.

1810 Walz St., Spring Hill.  View of rear of property.

1 comment:

  1. 1810 Walz Street was bought a little while ago and is currently being renovated into apartments. It's unfortunate to see that whole street, and much of the area, become abandoned and blighted once the original families moved out or died off.