Events February 2023

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Centers of Innovation: Bell Labs Holmdel and Westinghouse R&D Center

February 1, 2023

Preservation Pennsylvania, in partnership with Preservation Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Modern Committee, is hosting a two-part webinar that will explore two major examples of midcentury corporate campus design. One is for sale and was nearly demolished for warehouse development. The other has been re-envisioned, revitalized and reopened as Bell Works, a thriving mixed use community hub.

Part I: Westinghouse R&D Center
Speakers Brittany Reilly, founder of the Pittsburgh Modern Committee, and Bill Callahan, Western Pennsylvania Community Preservation Coordinator for the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office , will discuss the history and potential future of the former Westinghouse R&D Center (Allegheny County) designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Voorhees, Walker, Foley & Smith starting in 1953 continuing through the 1980s, as well as the architecture, design, and development of the site; the mid-century trend of landscaped corporate campuses; and the presence of Westinghouse in the region. The session will also address recent proposals for the primarily vacant property and community process. The site was listed on Preservation Pennsylvania’s 2022 PA At Risk.

Part II: Bell Labs Holmdel
Cindy Hamilton of Heritage Consulting Group, the preservation consultant for the Bell Works project, and Alexander Gorlin of Alexander Gorlin Architects, will discuss the revitalization of the New Jersey Bell Labs site, an inspiration for the design of the Westinghouse project. Learn about visionary architect Eero Saarinen, the plan and evolution of the Bell Labs site, and the conditions, opportunities and challenges presented by the site. Hear about the process involved with the tax credit process, including the research for the National Register nomination.

Wednesday February 1, 5:00 – 7:00 pm EST