Sewickley Heights Borough is located in southwestern Pennsylvania, approximately ten miles west of the City of Pittsburgh. It is easily accessed by using the Mt. Nebo exit from Interstate 79. The Pittsburgh International Airport is less than a 30-minute drive away.
The Borough Hall is located on the grounds of the Allegheny Country Club. Traveling west off the Mt. Nebo exit, follow the road to a stop sign. Make a left and follow the main road, then turn right onto Country Club Road. At the end of Country Club Road, proceed straight onto the Country Club grounds. The Borough Hall is the first building on the left. The Police Department and Council Chambers are located on the first floor; the Administrative Offices are on the second floor.
Sewickley Heights is a borough on the northern shore of the Ohio River tucked into a diverse landscape known regionally for its hiking and bridle paths. About 15 miles west of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sewickley Heights was once the haven for wealthy businessmen from the city. The 1920s and 30s saw the heyday of this exclusive area, with lavish cottages dotting hilltops separated by huge, picturesque tracts of woods and fields. Since then, many of the original estates have been subdivided; the mansions have been demolished, leaving an abundance of nostalgic walls, gates, gatehouses, and outbuildings reminiscent of an earlier era. This Pattern Book was established to memorialize the evolution of Sewickley Heights and take proactive steps towards maintaining and preserving its historic landscapes and architecture. By capturing an image and character that is unique to the Borough, principles and standards will be established to connect new development to old. Site design standards and architectural patterns will help to promote more sensitive development and to protect some of the most authentic elements and places within the Heights. Over time, Sewickley Heights has developed a keen sense of place and rich architectural heritage. Traditions and memories have been established in this storied place that inspire the Borough and its residents. With the Pattern Book, the Borough will be provided a tool to move forward and protect its rooted past and community character.
Sewickley Heights is one of the most desirable communities in the region, and it continues to attract new residents, many of whom wish to construct new homes. This trend is likely to continue as the community grows in popularity. The intent of the Pattern Book is to balance development pressures with the desire of existing residents to preserve community character. It does this by envisioning a future that builds on the principles of place, appropriateness of scale, and stewardship of the land.
Cultural landscape is a term that was defined and applied to Sewickley Heights during the Vision Plan process. It encompasses both natural and manmade enhancements to natural landscape and is the defining essence that makes Sewickley Heights a unique place. Elements of the cultural landscape include scenic landscapes such as meadows, pastures, and tree rows and historic artifacts such as rock walls, pillars, and fences. The following pages show examples of the cultural landscape in Sewickley Heights.