The more than 100-year-old Bayard School on Hatfield Street has been transformed into 11 apartments ranging from studios to a 2-bedroom unit in Central Lawrenceville.
Recognizing their community partner’s desire to preserve affordable housing in the neighborhood and in keeping with Q Development’s belief that mixed-income communities are more vibrant and sustainable, two of the units, or “Rooms” as they are called to keep with the school house theme, remain affordable based on the area’s median income.
Bayard School is one of the earliest ward schools still standing in Pittsburgh. Vacated as a school in 1938 it was later used for various activities, including food processing, until it was fully vacated in the 1990’s. Q acquired the property in 2016 and with a mix of both state and federal tax credits, the restoration was completed in 2018.
Special care was taken to preserve the mature street trees on the property. Other unique features include reclaimed chalkboards from the school that are located outside each apartment and were designed by Naked Geometry as part of Q Development’s ongoing commitment to support local artists and crafts through a partnership with Monmade.www.bayardlofts.com