About Us

Preserving The Past...
Sharing The Present...
Shaping The Future.


 
Mission Statement

The purpose of the Academy Hill Historic District is to aid in the preservation of the historic integrity of the Academy Hill District through education, service and the fostering of a community commitment to preserve our historical recognition by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and registered with the National Park Service.


"Remember, we are the past about which future generations will be curious." ~MLB

  In 1810 the Pennsylvania General Assembly provided for the establishment of a public school in the growing borough of Greensburg. The site selected for the academy was one of the area's most commanding - at the top of the hill just north of the commercial district. Over the next 100 years the most prominent families in Greensburg chose to build their homes on the lands surrounding this school and Academy Hill was born. The Academy Hill Neighborhood Association, INC. (AHNA) was founded in 1994, its purpose to preserve and celebrate the heritage of the district while reestablishing with the public its historical and architectural significance.

     The Academy Hill Neighborhood is defined as North Main between Park Street and Cabin Hill Drive, the 200 through 500 blocks of North Maple Avenue and the area enclosed by the south side of Kenneth Street, Arch Street, and Beacon Street. Here one can find the grand old homes of a time long past, when splendor and spaciousness - and money - were limitless. Many of these homes were built at the turn of the century, when Greensburg was the center of Western Pennsylvania's thriving coal and coke trade. It was the goal of AHNA to secure designation of the neighborhood as a registered historical district, thereby bringing national recognition of the historic importance of the area and securing public grant funds to further preserve and improve the historic nature of Academy Hill.

That goal was achieved and officially documented by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission on April 29, 1999 when it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Register of Historic Places, kept by the United States Department of the Interior, is the official list of the Nation's cultural resources worthy of preservation and includes properties significant in American History, Architecture, Archeology, Engineering, and Culture. These resources contribute to an understanding of the historical and cultural foundations of the Nation. To view the list online, please visit
www.nps.org.