Saturday, October 15, 2011

Demolished: 121 University Place, Oakland

Demolished: 121 University Place, Oakland, Pittsburgh
121 University Place, an early 20th century mid-rise, beaux arts style building was recently demolished. In spite of the fact that the building was located in a city historic district, the City of Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission decided to allow its demolition for new student housing.

Another piece of Oakland's history and urban fabric falls to the wrecking ball, due to an incompetent Historic Review Commission.

1 comment:

  1. Colleen ceg6@alumni.pitt.eduMay 16, 2012

    Jonathon,
    I don't know if you're aware of this, but the University deliberately had this placed on the HRC, Planning, and Council Agendas last year as the item of business directly preceding the Civic Arena. I watched (open-mouthed) as the powers that be basically said, "Yeah, yeah, whatever, okay. Now let's get to the real issue."
    I came across your blog thanks to Diana's piece in the PG, which mentioned something about there not being a lot of twenty-somethings who share your passion for preservation. You're definitely not alone, and as an eighth-generation Pittsburgher, with family houses in Deutschtown, Oakland Square, the Lower Hill (dem.), Braddock, Clairton, Robinson (1840s), etc... I know how it feels to wish you find someone to front the money to let you rehab any of these places that are only going further downhill.
    Let me know if you'd like to know of some of my favorite treasure hunting spots. :)

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