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SOLD OUT | Walking Historic Manchester: Where Preservation in Pittsburgh Began

Saturday, May 7 | 10:00 am 11:30 am

Experience the history and culture of Manchester with tour host, Jay Steele, and gain some beautiful insight into one of eighteen sections of Pittsburgh’s Northside. This suburban-like area grew into a large, middle-class, diverse neighborhood, then fell on hard times. As with many areas of the City, it is rebounding with many of its historical homes being beautifully restored. This tour provides an opportunity to see the community’s roots as well as a mapping of its current revitalization.

Learn about the origins of the name Manchester. Experience the first preservation district in the nation primarily for African Americans. Examine the fine mix of architecture, including Italianate, Second Empire, Richardsonian Romanesque, Queen Anne, and more! See the oldest surviving public building in Manchester, and learn about its history within the community.


Jay Steele is a retired adjunct professor of Health and Physical Education at CCAC. He is a Pittsburgh native, born and raised in the Observatory Hill section of the Northside. He currently lives in Ross Township with his wife, Carol.

Jay continues to teach historical walking courses/tours for CCAC and the Pitt and CMU Osher programs. In addition, he has been a tour guide for DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh History and Landmark Foundation.

Jay’s walking tours and classes have been developed throughout the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County and combine his love of exercise, Western Pennsylvania history, and architecture.

TOUR STARTS/ENDS: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 957 West North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

  • This is a walking tour: 1-2 miles of walking
  • Photography is allowed
  • Other: A face mask may be needed for parts of the tour.

This tour is brought to you in part by The Fine Foundation, Koppers, and Dollar Bank.

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Tour Dates:

May 7, 2022

10:00am – 11:30am

And remember to use #BeNebby in your social media posts before, during and after this tour!

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