PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The August Wilson House will receive nearly $500,000 in funding from a federal grant administered by Duquesne University.

The funding will support efforts to restore the August Wilson House in the Hill District, which was the childhood home of Pittsburgh playwright August Wilson.

Duquesne says the money will be used to restore the building into a multi-disciplinary arts and education center.

The grant amounts to $499,628.

“We have an ongoing commitment to the community, to the residents of the Hill District and the city of Pittsburgh,” said Paul Ellis, the executive director of the August Wilson House.

Duquesne received the grant from the Save America’s Treasures.

The restoration will begin at the end of this year.

A grand opening is tentatively scheduled for April 2021.