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City Council hearing on Wigman House historic nomination in Carrick

The Wigman House in Carrick is being considered for historic landmark status by the City of Pittsburgh. City Council held a public hearing yesterday on historic designation for the Crown Jewel Victorian which had been threatened by plans for demolition earlier this year.  Eight residents spoke at the hearing, all in favor of historic designation.

"Anybody that passes this house, this is the highlight of their day," says John Rudiak, of the Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society. "It's just marvelous the way the sun shines on this house all the time, and it always looks magnificent and grand. It makes people smile, it really does."

The Queen Anne Style home, built around 1902, was nominated for historic designation last year by Rudiak and the Historical Society.

The Society was galvanized to preserve the home when state Rep. Harry Readshaw, a potential buyer of the home, said he would consider demolishing the house to create a parking lot for his neighboring funeral home business.

The home is still for sale, but Rudiak says current owner Grace McClory now hopes to see it preserved. In February, the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh named the Wigman House one of the region's top ten preservation opportunities as part of their annual report.

Rudiak cites three other grand, Queen Ann homes that have been demolished in Carrick, one for a road, a second for a parking lot, and a third for a strip mall.

"Everyone that we've talked to in the neighborhood said that it would be a shame to destroy this house," Rudiak says, "This house is the last Queen Anne in Carrick."

Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: John Rudiak

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