Nevin Shelter Restoration

Group cutting ribbon at Nevin shelter


The Nevin Shelter was one of the original stone structures designed by Paul Riis, the first director of the Allegheny County Parks and a renowned landscape architect. It was built in 1931 and is located on Corrigan Drive between Brownsville Road and Sesqui Drive. Over time, the condition of this once-featured visitor attraction has deteriorated significantly.


May 2023: We hosted a ribbon cutting on Friday May 19th at 10:00 am at the Nevin Shelter. Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate this newly completed restoration!

2023: A customized picnic table was added to Nevin Shelter as part of the restoration. This picnic table was made using a 250 year old oak tree that fell in Edgeworth a few years ago during a storm. A project sign was also added to Nevin Shelter so passerby’s can get a better understanding of the rich history of the shelter.

2021: It was determined that the shelter was in need of extensive masonry and chimney work. The hearth will be rebuilt, chimney repointed, and a new roof will also be installed by Allegheny County workers. The project also includes the installation of an interpretive sign. You can watch this video by Allegheny County to learn more about the restoration work completed on this project. Materials are being purchased with a generous donation from Anne and David Oyler to the Allegheny County Parks Foundation.

Anne Oyler, inspired by the legacy of landscape architect Paul Riis, has done extensive research on his work for the Allegheny County Parks and the Paul Riis Legacy Preservation Volunteers have spent many hours volunteering to clear overgrowth at the historical sites. Learn more


Allegheny County


The Allegheny County Parks Foundation raised the funds for this project. Funding was provided by:

  • Allegheny County
  • Anne Marie and David Oyler
  • Friends of South Park
  • Paul Riis Legacy Preservation Volunteers