Interest in preserving the architectural style of Mt. Lebanon houses has grown in the past 20 years, Mt. Lebanon Public Information Officer Susan Morgans said. Now that the housing market is booming in places such as Peters, Upper St. Clair, Cranberry and Franklin Park, people in Mt. Lebanon have had to figure out what makes their houses distinctive if they want to sell them in a competitive housing market.Link: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07060/765758-55.stm
Many of my favorite Mt. Lebanon renovations are houses that blend old and modern styles. (In fact, the old is only sort of old. Most of the 1920s and 1930s Mt. Lebanon homes were built by real estate developers, not custom home builders. Some of us live in "Tudor" houses, but we don't live in Elizabethan England!) The point isn't always to make the new "match" the old, but to find respectful complements.
Another link: Stewart Brand's How Buildings Learn