Tuesday, March 19, 2013
A firm is now reviewing Moon Township's roots as part of an effort to have the Mooncrest neighborhood included in the National Register of Historic Places.
Moon's Historic Architectural Review Board in April will learn more about its effort to have the Mooncrest neighborhood added to the National Register of Historic Places. The designation could aid in restoration efforts in Mooncrest, a cluster of 400 homes situated off Old Thorn Run Road. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission named the neighborhood a historic district in 2004. Lora Dombrowski, Moon's code enforcement officer and a member of Moon Township's Architectural Review Board, said the 42-acre neighborhood was central to life in Moon Township—the community's police department, school and municipal building were all once located in Mooncrest. Constructed in 1943, Mooncrest's homes once housed Neville Island shipyard …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Supervisors approve a $34,000 contract for historic preservation efforts in a Moon Township neighborhood with World War II roots.
The Moon Township Board of Supervisors has awarded a contract to the Murrysville-based T&B Planning for a historic-preservation action plan for the Mooncrest neighborhood. The township in recent months launched efforts to document the 42-acre neighborhood's historic past and World War II roots. The $34,000 contract includes a total of 679 hours of work on the plan. Supervisors awarded the contract in a 4-to-0 vote earlier this month. Pennsylvania designated the Mooncrest neighborhood as a historic district in 2004. Moon officials are now working alongside faculty at Robert Morris University to publish a book documenting the neighborhood's history. The Moon Historic Architectural Review Board also is preparing an application for the …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The township looks to gather historic photos of the community's Mooncrest neighborhood.
Moon Township's Historic Architectural Review Board is offering prize money for historic photographs of the community's Mooncrest neighborhood. Moon's HARB board will offer a $100 prize for the best photo of the Mooncrest neighborhood taken prior to 1968. A $50 prize will be awarded to the second-place winner; a $25 prize will go to the third-place photograph. The committee hopes to have the historic neighborhood, constructed in 1943, added to the National Register of Historic Places. Photos compiled will be used in the application for that effort. Efforts are also underway to create a publication chronicling the neighborhood's history. The committee will judge entries at its Jan. 9 meeting, according to the township's website. …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Moon Historic Architectural Review Board and a Robert Morris University professor hope to collect photos and oral histories, documenting Moon Township and its Mooncrest neighborhood.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
John McCarthy, a history professor at Robert Morris University, called it a remnant of World War II's American home front. Township officials are taking steps to preserve the Mooncrest neighborhood, a 400-home cluster of adjoined brick houses off Old Thorn Run Road, and its industrial-era past. "(Mooncrest) shows how major of a national effort World War II was," said McCarthy, who specializes in the study of urban history. "You literally had hundreds of thousands of people working in the war industry to create weapons, and places like Mooncrest are where they lived," he said. The 42-acre neighborhood, constructed in 1943 by the U.S. Department of Defense, was home to Neville Island shipyard workers and their families before its housing…