The Alfred E. Hunt Armory in Shadyside moved closer to historic designation this morning, a move that would give the city’s Historic Review Commission greater control over what happens to the century-old building.
Following a public hearing on Tuesday, Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval to historic designation in a unanimous vote. A final vote will take place next Tuesday.
The armory, used by local soldiers since World War I, was once one of the city’s finest venues. It played host to presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman and later to rock group Led Zeppelin. It’s now owned by the National Guard and is up for auction as the military consolidates its facilities.
In the fall, state Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Highland Park, nominated the building for historic designation. The city’s historic review commission later recommended the structure for the designation.
Councilman Dan Gilman said support for historic designation in the community is virtually unanimous.
“It’s certainly something that the community treasures and wants to see protected,” he said.
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