Nevin Shelter Restoration

Nevin Shelter. Allegheny County Parks. Pittsburgh PA


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.

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The shelter is 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. This work is scheduled to begin in early 2021, but is dependent upon weather and the availability of the Allegheny County Public Works crew. Materials are being purchased with a generous donation from Anne and David Oyler to the Allegheny County Parks Foundation.

A corps of dedicated volunteers, inspired by the legacy of landscape architect Paul Riis, has done extensive research on his work for the Allegheny County Parks. They have also spent many hours volunteering to clear overgrowth at some of the historical sites. Learn more


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Allegheny County, Allegheny County Parks Foundation, and Anne Marie and David Oyler