Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pittsburgh Preservationist Honored on College's Walk of Fame

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pittsburgh Preservationist Honored on College's Walk of Fame

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When two of Pittsburgh's leading preservationists invited Barbara Drew Hoffstot to lunch one day, they found a formidable ally. Her intelligence, vision and connections helped them start Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation in 1964.

Hoffstot persuaded Adolph Schmidt, head of the Andrew Mellon Educational and Charitable Foundation, to fund the new organization. She also staged a Downtown cocktail party for 75 people to recruit board members.

A year later, she worked closely with James Van Trump and Arthur Ziegler to survey significant buildings in Allegheny County. She wrote and took photographs for the book, the first of its kind in the nation. Its publication spurred passage of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966, which established the National Register of Historic Places.

Earlier this month, Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., honored Hoffstot by dedicating a stone on its Walk of Fame. Winter Park Mayor Kenneth Bradley declared March 14 as Barbara Drew Hoffstot Day in that city. …

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