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Historic District

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Welcome to the Old Economy National Historic Landmark District on behalf of the Ambridge Historic District Economic Development Corporation.  We are a non-profit organization comprised of neighborhood residents and property owners, community leaders, community business people, and professional advisors who continually seek to make the Old Economy National Historic Landmark District a great place to live and work.

The Old Economy National Historic Landmark District is located along the Ohio River in the Borough of Ambridge, approximately 18 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1965, the 32- acre historic district contains the remaining buildings of the Harmony Society, a German communitarian sect  that settled here in 1825. Within the historic district is a six-acre museum complex known as Old Economy Village, with seventeen restored historic structures and gardens visited by over 25,000 tourists each year. In 1986, the National Park Service designated the historic district as a National Historic Landmark.
For the prospective homeowner, existing business owner, entrepreneur or investor, the Old Economy National Historic Landmark District is full of exciting opportunities. Anchored by Old Economy Village, the quaintness of the district makes it the perfect affordable location for cottage-type businesses such as antique shops, bookstores, cafés, bistros, pottery, bakeries or children specialty stores. It is ideal for businesses with a broad customer base, an internet sales presence, or a unique line of products that draws shoppers from beyond the area.

A preservation ordinance adopted by the Borough of Ambridge Council in 1971 enables the Economy Historic District to maintain its distinctive architectural character and charm.  A Historical Architectural Review Board reviews exterior alterations and additions using published Design Guidelines before the issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness or Building Permits.

The properties listed are currently for sale and are located throughout the Old Economy National Historic Landmark District. Some of these properties are perfectly suited for entrepreneurs to serve both as a business location and as a home for the owners. Many are conveniently located to other homes for sale in which potential owners could live while renovating the other as a business location.

Sincerely, Ambridge Historic District Economic Development Corporation
Roberta Sciulli 724-869-4177

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