Historic Preservation Board

  • 5:00 p.m.
  • Third Monday of every month
  • Municipal building, Room C
Board Members
The Historic Preservation Board is made up of seven members who each serve three-year terms.

Duties Advises the Mt. Lebanon Commission on matters relating to:
  • Historic preservation
  • Identifying significant structures or sites within the municipality
  • Recommending a historic marker system
  • Recommending nominations for the National Register of Historic Places
  • Monitoring developments in historic preservation
  • Working to educate Mt. Lebanon property owners on preservation issues
  • Other tasks related to preserving the community
For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact Staff Liaison Susan Morgans at (412) 343-3780.

Draft Design Guidelines for Virginia Manor

Mt. Lebanon’s historic preservation board has been working with T & B Planning, Inc., consultants for several months on draft design guidelines for Virginia Manor. Design guidelines are consistent with the historic preservation board’s long-range plan as well as goals for historic preservation that are articulated in the municipality’s comprehensive plan. Currently these guidelines are voluntary. For them to be mandatory, an ordinance would need to be passed creating a local historic district.

There have been four public meetings with residents of the Virginia Manor neighborhood over the past year, the last of which took place on September 10, 2015. The draft guidelines have been revised after each meeting as the result of public input. The final draft guidelines appear below. The historic preservation board recommends that the Commission evaluate the guidelines carefully and work closely with the board to determine the most effective way of promoting good design choices in Virginia Manor and other Mt. Lebanon neighborhoods.

Public input and education will continue to be an important part of historic preservation in Virginia Manor and other Mt. Lebanon neighborhoods. Please review the final proposed guidelines below:

Virginia Manor Design Guide Final Draft (9/24/15)
Virginia Manor Public Meeting 9/10/2015 presentation
Draft Proposed Guidelines (9/4/2015)
Virginia Manor Public Meeting 8/13/2015 presentation
August 13, 2015 Guideline Video Presentation
Local Historic District Designation—The Basics
Virginia Manor Public Meeting Summary Points - May 19, 2015
Virginia Manor Presentation

The document below, prepared by the public information office, poses frequently asked questions and answers about Local Historic Districts such as the one under consideration for Virginia Manor. There will be a public meeting at which Virginia Manor residents can see a first draft of the proposed guidelines at 7 p.m., Thursday, August 13, at Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building. T& B Planning, the consulting firm that is preparing the guidelines, will be there to answer questions. Also present will be members of the Mt. Lebanon Historic Preservation Board and municipal staff members. The meeting will be videotaped and webcast and cablecast the following week.

Preliminary Draft Guidelines for Virginia Manor Historic District
Frequent Asked Questions - Proposed Virginia Manor Local Historic District

Historic Preservation Overview: PowerPoint 2013

If you have any questions, please contact Staff Liaison Public Information Officer Susan Morgans at (412) 343-3780, and refer to the Mt. Lebanon Cultural Resource Survey (final report).

Are You Considering Remodeling?
Maintain the integrity of your property and the value of your home by arranging for a two-hour Design Consult provided by the Design Center Pittsburgh. An architect, landscaper architect or interior designer will meet with you, discuss your plans and provide you with written suggestions. Fee is on a sliding scale; most Mt. Lebanon residents will pay $150-$200.

Published Articles

Lebomag article on your house in the historic district

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.

Living with Styles – The Houses of Mt. Lebanon Series
God’s Own Mansions Series
Preservation Road Series
National Register Nomination

Mt. Lebanon has submitted a nomination and expects much of the community to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places by early 2014. Here are some websites that provide background information.