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BY JAMIE WIGGAN
Hidden beneath a crumbling mask of dull red paint, what is thought to be Pittsburgh’s oldest commercial building appears to most passers-by as just another decaying structure holding back development in the City of Pittsburgh’s West End neighborhood.
This was the case for property owner Lee Harris when in 2009 he purchased the Old Stone Tavern with plans to expand his business, according to Norene Beatty, who heads the organization dedicated to its restoration.
The chance emergence of a ledger with records of tavern customer transactions during the aftermath of the Revolutionary War secured the site’s historical status and put a halt to Harris’ demolition plans.
Now Beatty and her team believe the tavern will play a vital role in reviving the neighborhood’s economy.
“This whole community grew up around the tavern – to bring it back could breathe new life into the community,” she said.
A conceptual plan was drawn up by design consultant Thomas Kelley in 2018 but wasn’t released to the public until May of this year.
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