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August Wilson Home

Historic building renovation of August Wilson's home.

Hill District

1727 Bedford Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Renovation of August Wilson’s former home to create a place where the public can explore August Wilson’s play, while supporting local arts.

Background

This project preserved playwright August Wilson’s childhood home located at 1727 Bedford Avenue. His plays chronicled 20th century African American life in the Hill District.

Results

The first phase of the project has restored and stabilized the exterior of the building and rehabilitated the first-floor market space. Once complete, the 1,600 square foot renovated home will celebrate August Wilson’s work through seminars, readings, and exhibits.The renovation project included a unique partnership with the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, where students were able to learn construction skills throughout the restoration project. Carnegie Mellon’s School of Architecture provided facility support and other resources.

Facts

  • Developer: Daisy Wilson Artist Community, Inc.
  • Community Partner: Jewish Residential Services, Inc (JRS)
  • Contractor: Shelton Masonry
  • Architect: Pfaffman + Associates
  • Total Development Cost: $600,000
  • URA Grant: $50,000
  • 1,500 square foot renovation of August Wilson’s historic childhood home

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