Jun. 03, 2021

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) awarded a $100,000 grant to the Mooncrest Historic District in Moon Township, announced Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny).

“As an avid lover of the rich history in our community, I was pleased to advocate for this important funding,” said Gaydos. “The Mooncrest Historic District currently provides a valuable service to the residents of Allegheny County as well as possesses an incredibly rich history being built as housing for workers who supported the rapid mobilization of the U.S. industrial infrastructure during World War II that was critical to the Allies’ victory”

The Keystone Historic Preservation Grant will be used to rehabilitate and preserve a school building originally built in the 1940s for Mooncrest, a mixed-use, pedestrian friendly, planned residential development built by the federal government for defense workers during World War II. It will serve as an activity center with special interest for a pre-school and youth activities. Improvements will include asbestos removal, new HVAC, fire suppression, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) restrooms, kitchen, windows and lighting.

Funding under the program is available to nonprofit organizations and local governments for capital improvements on historic resources listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

“It is very satisfying to know that we are giving a significant piece of local history a new, fresh look nearly 75 years after it was initially built,” said Gaydos. 

Mooncrest is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. More information can be found here.

Representative Valerie Gaydos
44th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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