Thursday, October 28, 2010

West End Photo Tour

Historic West End Photo Tour, PittsburghThe West End is located less than a mile west of downtown Pittsburgh, yet it possesses a feeling of rural isolation, possibly because it is surrounded on all sides by hills which obscure the neighborhood from the city around it. It is perhaps the most small town and country-like of all Pittsburgh city neighborhoods, with a quaint main street, and a quiet atmosphere. Perhaps that is also why it is one of the most overlooked Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The West End was originally the town of Temperanceville, founded in 1837, and annexed by the city of Pittsburgh in 1872. Some of the city's oldest housing stock can be found here. "The Old Stone Tavern," built in 1756, is believed to be the second oldest building in Pittsburgh after the Fort Pitt Blockhouse.

Additional photographs taken in March, 2013:

Steuben Street

Additional photographs taken June 29, 2013:

Old Stone Tavern, circa 18th century (oldest home in Pittsburgh).

Lovelace Street (on demolition list as of June 20, 2013)

701 Weston Way (on demolition list as of June 20, 2013)

701 Weston Way (on demolition list, as of June 20, 2013)

47 McKnight Street (on demolition list, as of June 20, 2013)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Downtown Pittsburgh: Wharf Historic District

Photo Tour: Wharf Historic District, Downtown PittsburghHere is the Wharf Historic District, a part of downtown located near the Monongahela River. Some of the buildings in these photographs are among the city's oldest surviving structures. I took special care to photograph early residential structures and low-level buildings, as these are generally the oldest. Some may have survived the great fire of 1845. I find Pittsburgh's early colonial history fascinating, and it is fun to wonder just how old some of the surviving buildings are!

These photographs were taken in October, 2009.