The pre-1840s Ekin House, photographed today by writer, and currently endangered by neglect and demolition threats. The house is located in Elizabeth, adjacent to the Monongahela riverfront park and the business district. Elizabeth is one of the oldest towns in the region, was populated in the late 1700s, and was famed for boat building in the riverboat era. The Ekin house is a rare cultural remnant from this era, and is important as a vernacular reminder of western PA's pre-Steel Era history. I was able to photograph some of the interesting details inside the house. I'm hoping the community can work together to save this treasure, which was recognized as a YPA Top Ten historic preservation opportunity last year!
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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Long-vacant and endangered, this house at 1214 Voskamp Street in Pittsburgh's Spring Garden neighborhood still stands, but awaits an uncertain future. This house was the site of a grisly murder-suicide in the 1950s. It was added to the Pittsburgh demolition list last year, but curiously survived...for now.
I am saddened to report another loss to our city's historic urban fabric. I always admired this circa 1870s double house at 2-4 Noblestown Road, in the West End of Pittsburgh. The City of Pittsburgh purchased it in 2009. I photographed it in 2010. As of 2017, it is a vacant lot. This is one of many 19th century working class homes that are demolished every year in the region.