Monday, August 19, 2013

FOR SALE: Church of God and Saints, built 1837, in Wheeling.

In 1837, Chopin, Berlioz, and Mendelssohn were composing music. Martin Van Buren had just replaced Andrew Jackson as President of these United States, which numbered only 26. Wheeling was still part of Virginia. The first U.S. patent for anelectric motor was obtained that year. And this Greek Revival church was built in Wheeling and housed St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. 176 years later, this structure faces an uncertain future. The Ohio Valley Young Preservationists and the Wheeling National Heritage Area Foundation are joining forces to raise the funds to purchase and rehabilitate this structure. If you are interested in learning how you can help or would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please send an email to Liz at

Church of God and Saints, as photographed by writer in 2011.
Interior. Photo credit: Joanne Sullivan
Stained glass. Photo credit: Joanne Sullivan.
Stained glass. Photo credit: Joanne Sullivan.
"Slave Gallery" - photo credit: Joanne Sullivan
Interior view. Photo credit: Joanne Sullivan.
Church of God and Saints, built 1837, in Wheeling. As photographed by writer in 2011.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Heartbreaking Demolition in 2000 block of Forbes (Uptown)

More of Pittsburgh's historic fabric destroyed:

Victorian row houses in the 2000 block of Forbes (Uptown), as of 2012.
Same view, as of August 15, 2013.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

City of Pittsburgh Demolition List: Aug. 29, 2013

Ward/Tract Address

19/17 1527 Abstract Avenue
30/01 331 Arabella Street
30/01 338 Arabella Street
18/07 68 Beltzhoover Avenue
13/01 1111-1111-1/2 Blackadore
12/02 1550 Oberlin Street
23/04 916 Constance Street
12/03 6402 Deary Street
03/05 321 Dinwiddie Street
26/15 16 Ellzey Street
26/15 20 Ellzey Street (Front)
26/15 20 Ellzey Street (Rear)
26/15 22 Ellzey Street
18/09 501 Gearing Avenue
30/01 42 Grape Street (Rear)
29/02 2000 Hazeldell Street
13/02 7216 Hermitage Street
18/03 615 Industry Street
25/07 900 Kirkbride Street
25/07 902 Kirkbride Street
05/01 625 Kirkpatrick Street
18/03 802 Lillian Street
18/03 920 Manton Way
15/15 164 Marsden Street
15/15 166 Marsden Street
14/05 6904 McPherson Boulevard
12/08 236 Meadow Street
04/02 138 Moultrie Street
29/01 1648 Mt. Joseph Street
12/07 1005 N. Murtland Street
11/14 5443 Penn Avenue
21/07 1403 Pennsylvania Avenue
20/17 3312 Radcliffe Street
05/10 2426 Reed Street
30/01 117 Rochelle Street
13/04 406 Rosedale Street
12/03 6521 Rowan Street
12/03 6523 Rowan Street
12/04 229 Shetland Street
20/18 2808 Straka Street
27/15 2600 Toberg Street
27/15 2663 Toberg Street
27/15 2665 Toberg Street
13/04 7718 Tioga Street
01/03 2011 Tustin Street
04/09 3321 Ward Street
27/15 3106 Westborn Street
12/02 1307 Westmoreland Street

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Pitcairn, PA

Pitcairn is a small town located 15 miles east of Pittsburgh, near the eastern suburb of Monroeville, and other classic small towns, such as Wall and Wilmerding. Pitcairn was originally known as "Wallurba" (suburb of Wall), and has intact late 19th and early 20th century residential districts and an adorable downtown business district. Pitcairn was once a booming railroad town, home to the Pitcairn railyards of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The site is now known as the Conrail Pittsburgh Intermodal Facility, and still handles more than 100 trains daily, according to the Pitcairn Historical Society. In 1940, the population of Pitcairn was over 6,000 people, but at the 2010 census was down to 3,689 residents. The Pitcairn Historical Society operates a museum in the town, open Wednesdays from 11am to 12:30pm, at the corner of Center and Agatha Streets (admission is free). Pitcairn contains its own power distribution system -- Pitcairn Power.

A river runs adjacent to the business district.

A picturesque creek runs through the town.

Mural depicting Pitcairn's glory days as a prosperous railroad town.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Historic Facade Renovations

Preservation in progress..

Downtown Pittsburgh at Wood Street

1850s working class home in Deutschtown