Wednesday, October 10, 2012

841 Suismon Update

841 Suismon St.
It saddens me to report that someone has busted the windows out of one of my favorite historic homes in Pittsburgh, located at 841 Suismon Street in Pittsburgh's North Side. Vandalism of properties is not only illegal, but is a great indignity for this beautiful building that has stood proudly since Abraham Lincoln was president.  Please show respect to our historic buildings and encourage others to do so.  Think of the lives that have come and gone while this building has stood, and the witness to history that it has been.

Can somebody please save this house?

UPDATE:  841 Suismon has been demolished, as of June 23, 2013.

R.I.P. City of Pittsburgh Demolition List

This very old house, located on High Street in the Spring Garden neighborhood, probably won't be around much longer. It has been on the city of Pittsburgh's demolition list for some time. I'm glad I was able to photograph it before it disappeared. Demolitions have rapidly eroded the historic fabric of Spring Garden in recent years.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Altoona, PA

Altoona is a city of about 46,000 people, making it the tenth largest city in Pennsylvania.  It is located in the central part of the state, in a mostly rural and mountainous area.  It is the largest city for many miles in any direction.  Altoona was built up with the railroad industry in the mid-19th century. By 1880, Altoona had a population of almost 20,000 people. The population of the city peaked in 1930 at around 82,000.  Altoona has a lovely collection of Victorian homes and residential districts. However, the downtown is probably the most underwhelming of Pennsylvania's larger cities. Many of the historic buildings in the downtown area seem to have been demolished over the years, perhaps during an urban renewal period of the city's history.  Still, there are many gems left, and the city itself is full of character. Although not as well-preserved as some other Pennsylvania cities, it still has plenty of beautiful old buildings, and it seems like a pleasant, safe place.