Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Jaw-dropping 2000 Block of Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh (Bluff)

Forbes Avenue Abandoned Buildings, Bluff & Uptown, PittsburghSomehow, this block of breathtaking, ravaged Victorian architecture symbolizes all of the faded glory and grandeur of the Steel City. Most of Pittsburgh's 19th century vernacular architecture is represented here -- from the mansard-roofed Italianate row-house to the stone neighborhood church. The sad thing is that most of the houses on this block are utterly abandoned and waiting for the bulldozer. Recent investments in the Bluff neighborhood, which is home to Duquesne University and adjacent to downtown and Oakland, include the Console Energy Arena, various new apartment building proposals, and the conversion of the old Fifth Avenue School into upscale lofts. The following buildings should be on the list, too.

These photographs were taken in November, 2010, for my "Uptown and Bluff Photo Tour."

UPDATE: Demolition in 2000 block of Forbes as of August, 2013.

If you feel you are upto the challenge of buying and renovating one of these historic gems, please see my "How to Purchase an Abandoned Property" page.

Update:  Photographs of same block in March, 2012:

1 comment:

  1. Are these two properties abandoned? Are they available through the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program. By the way do you happen to have a contact name and number for this program.

    Pete Mc Nally