Historic Preservation Board
- 5:00 p.m.
- Third Monday of every month
- Municipal building, Room C
The Historic Preservation Board is made up of seven members who are selected at large each serve three-year terms. The current board includes members with backgrounds in architecture, real estate and sustainability.
- Advises the Mt. Lebanon Commission on matters relating to historic preservation.
- Works to educate the community about historic preservation and what makes Mt. Lebanon special.
- Serves as a resource for community members regarding rehabilitation of their properties.
For More Information
If you have any questions, please contact Staff Liaison Laura Pace Lilley at (412) 343-3552. Have an idea for a renovation to your property and want help from the Historic Preservation Board? please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighborhood Sign Policy
Back in 2017 the Commission approved a Neighborhood Signs Policy and made an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to permit the signs. For approval, the signs have to go through both the Historic Preservation Board and Building Inspection office for review and approval.
Mt. Lebanon Design Guide
Get detailed, illustrated information and ideas for preserving and renovating your historic home with this online-only design guide, prepared by the Mt. Lebanon Historic Preservation Board with the help of consultant Nicole Kubas, an architect and preservationist. Pictures of Tudor, Colonial Revival, Bungalow, Foursquare, Dutch Colonial, French Provincial and other styles that are common throughout our National Register Historic District and other parts of Mt. Lebanon are included.
This guide will:
- Help you define the architectural style of your home and recognize its significant features.
- Show how you can preserve or restore those significant features sensitively as the house ages, while also adapting to today's lifestyles.
- Demonstrate repairs, additions or changes that, if done properly, will enhance the value of your home.
- Provide suggestions for maintenance and home improvement in special sections on roofs, windows, masonry, energy efficiency and sustainability, garages, doors, woodwork, lighting, chimneys and porches.
Design Guide (Flipbook Format)
Design Guide (PDF Format - large file)
National Register District
Mt. Lebanon has a National Register Historic District of 4,400 properties that was established in 2014. Here are some websites that provide background information.
- Historic Designation Map
- PHMC's National Register fact sheet
- The National Park Services National Register site
- Consultant Skelly & Loy site
- Historic Moment for Mt. Lebanon blogpost
- 2014 National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
- Mt. Lebanon Cultural Resources Survey
- The United States Department of the Interior preservation briefs
Guide to finding and vetting a contractor
Embarking on a renovation project? Here are some questions to consider asking to make sure your contractor is right for the job and that the work will maintain the historic character of your home.
The National Park Service’s Preservation Briefs provide guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic homes and buildings. They assist historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to starting work. The briefs are especially useful to Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program applicants because they recommend methods and approaches for rehabilitating historic buildings that are consistent with their historic character.
The following articles spotlighting historic Mt. Lebanon architecture were written by members of the Historic Preservation Board and first appeared in the indicated issues of mtl, Mt. Lebanon magazine.
Preservation Road Series
Preservation Road is a series of articles that provide practical ways property owners can identify, maintain, and preserve the historic qualities of their homes. The articles not only detail how to properly preserve certain features of your home, but give examples of how cost-effective maintenance can help reduce expensive repairs or replacement down the road.
- Becoming Community Stewards
- Rejuvenate Your Landscape
- Stained Glass
- Walls, Steps, Walks & Driveways
- Windows – As Important to a Home as Eyes to a Face
God’s Own Mansions Series
God’s Own Mansions is a series of articles that provide detailed information on the era, design, and historic significance of 15 churches and synagogues in Mt. Lebanon.
- Colonial Style Churches
- Two Cathedral-Like Churches
- “Parish Gothic” Churches
- A Church as a House and a House as a Church
- The Synagogues
- Modern Churches
Living with Styles – The Houses of Mt. Lebanon Series
The Way We Were
Interested in the story of Mt. Lebanon? The Historical Society of Mount Lebanon is its guardian. The valuable resource is a nonproft located at 200 Lebanon Avenue, Mt. Lebanon. It is a separate entity from the preservation board and is not run by the municipality.
Learn about it: http://lebohistory.org/