Historical society praises Mediterra renovation

Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 6:00 AM

The Sewickley Valley Historical Society has presented the 2019 Architectural Preservation Award to Mediterra Cafe, 430 Beaver St.

The recent renovation was a collaboration between Nick Ambeliotis, founder of Pittsburgh-based Mediterra Bakehouse; Tom McCargo, building owner and president of Urban Villages; and Heather Wildman of Wildman Chalmers Design which earned a Certificate of Merit for Mediterra Cafe in the Small Projects category of AIA Pittsburgh’s 2018 Design Pittsburgh competition.

Medittera’s block in the Village has a long history of food service, according to the historical society. The building was originally home to the E.W. Becker butcher shop, followed by Carroll’s Cash Market, then Brand’s Meat Market.

As part of its mission, the historical society encourages preservation of the architectural heritage of the community, and since 1987 has presented the award to worthy projects.

The honor is now bestowed every year, and some years, there are multiple awards given.

The first award was given to Ettore Miceli for the Victorian storefront at 412 Beaver St., longtime location of Micelli’s Tailor Shop.