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Presbyterian Church, Sewickley Votes to Preserve 'Pink House'

The goal is to reuse the Civil-War era home for a youth education center.

The governing body of the has agreed to renovate a home known as “the pink house” as long as funding is available to pay the costs.

According to a statement from church leaders, the session came to the decision during a special meeting the evening of Monday, April 23, a week before a set deadline to come up with a solution.

“The session voted to state its desire to renovate the house at 202 Beaver Street for future use as a youth and education house for the church, provided that sufficient funds are obtained,” the church said in a statement.

The session is made up of 24 members whose job is to make decisions on church construction plans and the future of the house.

The Rev. Kevin Long, pastor of the church, said there will be more information coming in the days ahead.

The governing body also plans to communicate more details in the near future to the church congregation, including specific information on potential funding sources.

"There is hope among us for the continued use of the house," Long said. "It will be tough to pull off, but we’re going to try."

Session members originally planned to reuse the pink stucco framed house for a new youth fellowship and education center. Based on renovation estimates, the governing body decided the most cost-effective plan was to raze the house and build a new center, along with additional parking and green space. 

The demolition plans sparked several petitions and the creation of the grassroots community group "Save the Pink House," which has gathered more than 800 petition signatures to date.

The "Save The Pink House" group has been working with the church to come up with a solution to preserve the home, which was built in the mid-1800s and later expanded based on designs by famed Pittsburgh architects Alden and Harlow. The house was most recently the home of the late .

The Session's decision comes ahead of Monday's deadline that the church's governing body set  to allow both sides to reach a viable plan of action.

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durf May 01, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Drove past the house this weekend....Looks awful. With all the signs the community has up you would think they would have cleaned up the yard!
Larissa Dudkiewicz May 01, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Do you mean the pink house looks awful? It looks like the front stoop is crumbling a bit, but there is caution tape around it.
durf May 01, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Yes, it (Pink House) does look awful. There are tons of "Save the Pink House" signs all over the town. But, it doesn't look like anyone is doing up keep. You would think someone would clean up the front....donate some time to fix the steps...nice caution tape...Looks like the house should be condemned. With all the hoopla over the the plans to rip it down you think someone would stand up and clean it up...The more i see it the more i think it should come down.
charlene sheets February 01, 2013 at 12:17 AM
I live in Santa Rosa Cal.I keep reading about the pink house.Dont tear this house down children must see things from the past.They keep tearing things down. thats like the Oriental THeatre in ROchester,they tore it down,so sad.lived
charlene sheets February 01, 2013 at 12:30 AM
i have never seen the pink house,my children lived through lead paint and the asbestas in things and alot of bad things.God wants us to live with the simple ways of life,so dont tear this down,just remodle it in a simpler way.IT JUST NEES LOVE,THE HOUSE

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