Old Stone Tavern, West End, PittsburghThe "Old Stone Tavern" is located in the West End neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It has a "1756" year listed on its cornerstone, which would make it older than the Fort Pitt Blockhouse, and the oldest surviving building in Pittsburgh, if the date is correct. It would also make the tavern the only survivor from French settlement days. The tavern is a very mysterious building and its history is fascinating. It narrowly escaped demolition for a parking lot two years ago, when the city of Pittsburgh Historical Review Commission voted to declare it a historic landmark, thus saving it. However, it currently sits abandoned and neglected.
These photos are courtesy of Jesse Belfast, an architectural historian who was granted access to the interior of the building and took these remarkable pictures.
Music by John Barry, from the "Scarlet Letter" soundtrack.