East Carson Street Historic Guidelines
The East Carson Street corridor is one of the largest Victorian Main Streets in the United States. To this day, many of the buildings are ornamented in the predominant styles of the late 19th century – Romanesque, Italianate, and Second Empire. In order to preserve the Victorian style row houses and commercial buildings, the City of Pittsburgh incorporated the designation of the East Carson Street Historic District in 1993. This led to the development of the East Carson Street Historic District Design Guidelines with the City of Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission. The East Carson Street Historic District spans from Sixth Street to 27th Street.
WHAT ARE THE HISTORIC DISTRICT DESIGN GUIDELINES?
The City of Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission uses the guidelines when it reviews the appropriateness of proposed exterior alterations in the historic district. The guidelines can also assist property owners in the formulation of plans for the preservation, rehabilitation, and continued use of historic buildings in the district.
Historic Review Commission of Pittsburgh – Design Guidelines: East Carson Street Historic District: https://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/05_East_Carson_Street_Guidelines.pdf
Historic Review Commission of Pittsburgh – Neighborhood Business District Sign Regulation Pittsburgh Urban Zoning Code 919.04: https://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/11_East_Carson_Street_Sign.pdf
IF I OWN A PROPERTY IN THE HISTORIC DISTRICT, HOW DOES THIS AFFECT ME?
If you are planning on doing any of the following, the Historic Guidelines apply to your building:
- Building Rehabilitation & Alteration
- Painting any portion of the building exterior
- Altering the existing Storefront, including signage in the windows
- New Construction
- Site Improvements
- Building signage including any tenant related signage
Your next steps: visit the City of Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission Website. This site will guide you through the process: https://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/hrc
If your scope of work will require a hearing in front of the Historic Review Commission, you will be required to participate in a Development Activities Meeting facilitated by the South Side Community Council.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PROPERTY IS IN THE HISTORIC DISTRICT?
This map, published by the City of Pittsburgh Department of Planning, outlines the extent of the Historic District: https://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/East-Carson-CHD.pdf
Help! This is the first time I’m going through this process.
We understand and are here to help you navigate the process. The South Side also has a group of experts, the Local Review Committee, that can help advise and give comment on your project as it relates to the East Carson Street Historic Guidelines. We can put you in touch with the LRC prior to you starting your project application. Reach out to us: firstname.lastname@example.org
DID YOU KNOW?
The East Carson Street Historic District was entered into the National Park Service National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The nomination form is filled with history surrounding East Carson Street and a detailed building inventory.
The original nomination form prepared by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation can be found here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/NARAprodstorage/lz/electronic-records/rg-079/NPS_PA/83004183.pdf
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation Spotlight on Main Street Trivia – East Carson Street: https://www.phlf.org/spotlightonmainstreet/buildings/building30.html
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation Historic Building List: https://www.phlf.org/spotlightonmainstreet/buildings.html