WHAT IS IT?
NavusHouse is a residence in the Northside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, built and designed to host guests and gatherings. We are especially interested in providing space for workshops, seminars, parties, short to medium-length residencies, and other creative social experiences for international visitors, newcomers to the Pittsburgh area, and local residents alike.
NavusHouse sits on a property previously owned by a remarkable woman named Ethel Hagler, who passed away in 2006 at the age of 97. Ethel moved to Pittsburgh as a young woman, and took up residence on Lorraine Street, just across the street from where NavusHouse now stands. In addition to serving as a leader in the Central Northside Neighborhood Council, Ethel was deeply involved with the Garden Club of Allegheny County, and worked tirelessly to beautify the neighborhood through landscaping. But perhaps Ethel’s most important work was with Neighborhood Housing Services, the real estate financing organization she helped to found, which enabled many of those discriminated against by traditional banks gain access to financing to purchase homes. The lot on which NavusHouse stands belonged to Ethel, and her spirit of community care and engagement is one NavusHouse aims to honor and help to continue. Click here for a warm trip printed in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on Ethel’s 90th birthday.
NavusHouse is located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s historic Northside. Some call the neighborhood Allegheny City Central; others call it the Central Northside. Whatever it’s called, the community offers easy walking access to the Allegheny Commons Park, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Allegheny branch, and the shops and restaurants of Deutschtown and recently revitalized Federal Street. The Mattress Factory Art Museum, on nearby Sampsonia Way, is world renowned for its site-specific art installations, and the Andy Warhol Museum, on Sandusky Street, is just across the park. Downtown Pittsburgh, Point State Park, and the Cultural District are short bus rides away, and much of Downtown is accessible on foot in a half hour to forty minutes.
Like much of Pittsburgh, the neighborhood around NavusHouse is rich in history. Like the city, its fortunes have risen and fallen along with the fate of industry. Over the past half-century, deindustrialization, suburbanization, and racist zoning and real-estate policies have all taken their toll, but the neighborhood remains vibrant and distinctive. Much of this is due to the work of determined community activists. One community leader, Ethel Hagler, has a particular connection to NavusHouse.
Ideas and inquiries are welcome.