Blocks of the downtown buildings, in the Elk County, PA, Borough of Johnsonburg, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. All are built on the site of the first settlement in remote, mountainous Elk County. About a half dozen of these historic treasures stand vacant and in need of stewardship.
In keeping with the Johnsonburg Community Trust’s revitalization mission, our most-pressing project is rehabilitating the massive, 1890, Pennsylvania-At-Risk, Brick-Block structure, said to be the First Outdoor Mall in the U.S.. Under a century of wall coverings, the Trust is exposing five-bricks-thick internal firewalls. We’re uncovering tin ceilings, hardwood floors, and original storefront details, such as skylights. All this in shops lining an historic, stone arcade.
This Phase I, Brick-Block-Rehabilitation Fund will not only help cover the costs of rehabilitation but also assist with the matching funds required to secure larger grants for the $3 Million project. Any donation amount is accepted and appreciated by the Trust.