Pittsburgh City Council today voted to give the Alfred E. Hunt Armory in Shadyside historic designation, which will give the city’s historic review commission greater control over what happens to the century-old building as it heads for the auction block.
The Shadyside 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.
Support in the community to give the armory historic designation was nearly unanimous, Councilman Dan Gilman said last week.
"This is a building that's been a linchpin in the community for decades," said Mr. Gilman, who represents Shadyside. "The critical issue is how we reuse the Hunt Armory for the future."
Moriah Balingit: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee. First Published February 25, 2014 12:36 PM