HPCC Virtual Community Meeting – April 21, 2022 @ 7:00 PM

The April community meeting will be virtual!  Please join via Zoom for updates from the HPCC and representatives from Zone 5 of the Police Department.  In addition, we will be welcoming John Stephen from the Negley Run Watershed Task Force.

What: April HPCC Community Meeting  

When: April 21, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register: You MUST Register in advance for this meeting by clicking this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Note: You may also receive an invitation via our membership management system.  Please only register once.

Sunday May 1 – Marathon Party & Route Info!

WHEN: Sunday, May 1, 2022 from 8:30am – 12 Noon

WHERE: The corner of N. Highland Ave & Bryant Street

Come join with your friends and neighbors in Highland Park to cheer on the racers of the 2022 Pittsburgh Marathon as they hit the 20-mile mark passing through Highland Park. Racers will enter from the corner of N. Highland Avenue and Bryant Street and run along Bryant Street to N. Negley Avenue.

Live music provided by neighborhood favorite’s Fusion Illusion all morning in front of Tazza D’oro coffee shop.

Cheering Section Headquarters – Bryant Street Market Parking Lot

·       Sign making supplies and noisemakers will be provided, courtesy of Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon

·       Face painter! free face painting will be offered from 9:00am – Noon

·       Free donuts, juice, water and fresh brewed coffee to help kick-start your morning and motivate you to cheer on the racers (while supplies last).

Partnering Businesses Include: Bryant Street Market and Tazza D’oro.  

Sponsored by Dick’s Marathon and the HPCC.

Also, please be aware that in the morning, the marathon route will be closed to traffic.  If you need to get somewhere Sunday morning, plan where you’ll park the night before accordingly.  See map here and below.

Neo-Nazi Flag in Neighborhood

We’ve recently become aware of an individual flying a a flag that has been used by Neo-Nazi groups as a symbol of hatred, anti-semitism and white supremacy. Hate and symbols of hate have no place in our community. This situation has been reported to the authorities so that they can investigate. Please defer to law enforcement for engaging with the homeowners.  

After an antisemitic incident in the neighborhood last fall, the HPCC hosted a community dialogue led by the 10.27 Healing Partnership. The 10.27 Healing Partnership was created in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting to support community members in the aftermath of the attack as well as other victims of hate crimes. We discussed the nature and prevalence of antisemitism and ways neighbors can support one another. For more information on their services and resources, visit 10.27 Healing Partnership‘s website. For information on this particular flag, visit the Anti-Defamation League‘s website. For information on Hitler and Nazism, 10.27 Healing Partnership suggested this short video, Hitler’s Ideology: Race, Land, and Conquest. 

The HPCC is committed to welcoming and supporting all members of and visitors to our neighborhood. Although we are deeply saddened to see this display in our community, we know that it is an anomaly. Our community is filled with kind, generous, and warm-hearted people and we encourage you to support your neighbors in a communal way through solidarity, listening, and dialogue.

Houses, History, N’at: The Negleys and other notable names of Highland Park

Houses, History, N’at is an occasional series of articles on the topics of, well, houses, history and related subjects. In this article, we’ll continue to draw from the application that resulted in Highland Park’s designation as a Residential Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places. The application was meticulously researched and developed by the late Mike Eversmeyer, a Highland Park resident and architect who worked in both government as the city’s historic preservation planner as well as in private practice. See our first article based on the application which includes an overview of the styles of houses in the neighborhood.

The first 100 years of European settlement in Highland Park had relatively little development of buildings and roads in the neighborhood but the families who put down roots at the time have made a lasting impact, including in the street names we’re all familiar with as well as in some of the most well-known houses in the area. In this post, we’ll describe the history of Highland Park starting with the first European settlers in the 1770s through the 1880s.

The initial wave of home building in the Highland Park neighborhood stretched from around 1860 – 1880, but Alexander Negley became the first permanent European settler 100 years earlier when he purchased 278-acres of land north of Bryant St. His son Jacob married Barbara Winebiddle, the daughter of local landowners, and purchased a 443-acre farm called Heth’s Delight adjacent to his father’s. Jacob and Barbara built a brick house in 1808 at what is now the corner of Stanton and Negley Ave. and Jacob ultimately owned all of the land he bought as well as his father’s property, becoming a prominent resident and building a grist mill, starting a bank and helping to found the East Liberty Presbyterian Church. His daughter Sara married Thomas Mellon, the patriarch of the banking family.

When Jacob died, Barbara divided the land among her children, a move that formed the division between East Liberty and Highland Park. Around this time, a county surveyor, Robert Hilands, laid out the first streets of Highland Park, including Negley Ave. and what was initially called Hiland Ave. but later changed to Highland Ave. in 1890.

Monument to the Negleys in Highland Park.
The plaque on the monument.

The Negleys left their mark in Highland Park and beyond. In addition to being the namesake of Negley Ave., a monument in Highland Park, to the northwest of the super playground, pays tribute to members of the Negley family and other early European settlers who were buried at the site. Other members of the Negley family are buried in a section of nearby Allegheny Cemetery.

Sallie Negley, born in 1852 and died in 1874, was buried alongside other members of the Negley family in Allegheny Cemetery.

Plus, the farmhouse to the southeast of the reservoir that is now a parks building was once a Negley family home. (Just outside of the Highland Park neighborhood in Friendship, a Negley family home recently sold. The listing on Zillow says it was built in 1903 and the photos show that it has been beautifully maintained over the years.)

The year 1872 was a notable one in Highland Park, with the extension of horse-drawn streetcar service from Pittsburgh to East Liberty and the beginning of construction of the reservoir in the park by the city Water Commission. The land purchased for the reservoir later provided the germ of the Highland Park landscape park that was founded in 1889.

During the 1870s and 1880s, large country houses and clusters of smaller suburban dwellings popped up in the neighborhood. The largest houses on substantial lots were scattered along Highland, Stanton and Negley Avenues. While the area feels close to downtown today, at the time it represented an escape to the country by the wealthy away from the crowding and pollution of the city center.

This house is much more modest but built in the same Second Empire style as the King Estate.

The grandest and surely most famous house built during this period is commonly called the King Estate. William Negley originally built a house on the site in 1869 but it was destroyed in a fire and rebuilt in 1880 by Alexander King, a glass manufacturer. The house has been meticulously restored by its current owners and is on the market for a mere $3m. It was featured recently by the New York Times, with additional photos included in the listing on Zillow. The King Estate is built in the Second Empire style and there are just a few others of the same style in the area.

The Italianate style was also popular during this period of home building and there are a few that retain their original appearance.

An Italianate style house in the neighborhood

Stay tuned for our next installment, which will highlight additional development in the 1880s as well as the 1890s.  

This blog post was written by Nancy Gohring, HPCC newsletter editor, and David Hance, president of the Highland Park Community Development Corp.

HPCC March Virtual Community Meeting – Thursday, 3/17 at 7pm


The March Community Meeting will be held via zoom.

In addition to updates from the HPCC and representatives from Zone 5 of the Police Department, we will be welcoming:

  • PWSA (again!), who’ll provide information on upcoming water main replacements in the south west corner of the neighborhood (see map by clicking here).
  • Longtime Highland Park resident Mike Staresinic who will discuss Ukraine. Mike is an international development leader who hails from Highland Park. Mike has worked on 7 projects over the past 23 years on topics at the core of the current conflict: Ukraine’s desire for EU integration, democracy, human rights, and for the past 5 years, his City50 project on the future of cities in the Donbas region which butts-up against the contact line with Russian forces inside Ukraine. He will give a brief first-hand update of three cities under siege, then discuss other topics of interest to the community, such as Ukraine’s connections with Pittsburgh from 1878 to the present, what a new (fifth) wave of Ukrainians immigration might look like, and how to process and understand information that comes from a confusing situation at a time known for its historic levels of disinformation.  Mike will leave ample time for questions and discussion.

What: March  HPCC Community Meeting  

When: March 17, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register: You MUST Register in advance for this meeting by clicking this link.After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Note: You may also receive an invitation via our membership management system.  Please only register once.