Once a Dairy Farm, part of the great Schenley land holdings, Schenley Farms became, after 1904, the residential portion of F. F. Nicola’s Civic Center Plan. It is a museum of early twentieth Century Domestic Architecture, and was designated as an historic district in 1978.
The Schenley Farms Historic District is located approximately 2.5 miles east of the center of Pittsburgh, and lies within Oakland, a large glacial terrace some 200 feet above the Monongahela and Allegheny River valleys. The approximately 170 acre tract belonged to William Penn, who conveyed it to Edward Smith in 1791. It remained in the O’Hara family until the death of descendant Mary Schenley in 1903.
Schenley Farms Civic Association
On July 29th 1920 the residents of Schenley Farms met to consider the renewal of the building restrictions established by the Schenley Farms Company. As developer, Schenley Farms Company had fulfilled all contracts regarding the care of trees, sidewalks, vacant properties and general maintenance of Schenley Farms. The residents agreed to consider creation of a permanent organization for the purpose of “…the promotion of all matters pertaining to the general welfare and interest of the Farms.”
On December 13th of that year the Constitution and By-Laws of the Schenley Farms Civic Association were adopted. Its purpose was twofold:
The extension of restrictions on the use of the lands in the Schenley Farms district as established by the Schenley Farms Company.
Care and maintenance of the district “in such a manner as to insure its continuance as a high class residence district”
For over 93 years the SFCA has remained dedicated to preservation of the character and quality of urban living envisioned in F.F. Nicola’s residential enclave component of civic complex and model suburb City Beautiful planning. Click Here to view SFCA Minutes from 1920!
Map of Schenley Farms Civic Association with respect to the Schenley Farms National Register
Historic District, 1983.
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