Monday, October 14, 2013

Old Stone House in Beltzhoover

This is located at the intersection of Climax and Curtin Avenue in Beltzhoover (City of Pittsburgh).

According to a friend who researched the home, it may be the Melchor Beltzhoover house, circa 18th century.

Photographs taken by Jonathon Denson in October, 2013.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The "Shotgun" Houses of McKeesport

Did you know that "Shotgun" houses existed in the North?  These narrow, modest worker homes are located on Scott Street and Scott Street Rear in McKeesport, PA. It is something of a miracle that they have survived. They probably date to the early 20th century.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Pittsburgh Vernacular: The "Mill House"

Here is an example of a classic Pittsburgh house. While the style may be seen elsewhere, these types of houses are very common in the southern hilltop neighborhoods of the city (Allentown), Elliott, and some of the old steel towns in the Mon Valley.  The "mill house" is usually a two story, upright, wood-framed dwelling, with two or three window bays on the second floor. There may or may not be a porch. They are usually seen with decorative trim typical of the Victorian era, when most of these houses were built, unless the house has been stripped and re-sided (not unlikely) over the decades. Some of these houses may date back to the Civil War era or earlier. They were modest, but well-built, and intended for the working class of the day.

Woods Run

Homestead. Note the porch.

This is the slightly larger variant. Notice that there are three windows on the second floor. Located in Braddock.

North Braddock