"The Library District" is the neighborhood of grand residences that surrounds the 1902 McKeesport Carnegie Library, and within walking distance to downtown McKeesport. The neighborhood is also home to the McKeesport Little Theater. Home to prominent McKeesporters and the high society of its day, in the early decades of the 20th century, it is one of several old mansion districts in the city. Other affluent neighborhoods included Shaw Avenue and the surrounding streets (Millionaire's Row in the Victorian era), Park Street (East Park neighborhood), and Myer Park.
The neighborhood has survived fairly intact, and it is the most pleasant residential neighborhood near downtown McKeesport. Few McKeesport neighborhoods were immune to the decline of the city over the past several decades, and The Library District has some abandoned buildings and signs of decay in spite of its elegant, tree-lined streets, manicured lawns, and many well-maintained older homes. There are several excellent examples of 1920s Romantic Revival architecture here.
Hopefully, this neighborhood (among others) will be re-discovered by people who seize the opportunity to live in a luxury home for the cost of a used car.
|Tudor Revival is one of the prominent architectural styles in the neighborhood.|
|Some of the homes have stucco walls and feature a Spanish Revival influence.|
|Four squares are common in this early 20th century neighborhood.|
|Hopefully, someone will save this gem.|
|Another gem in need of restoration.|
|Vacant church across the street from the Library. Oh, the possibilities!|
|This gorgeous home was a foreclosure and recently sold for less than $18k.|
|Vacant apartment building across the street from the Library. This would make an ideal preservation project. The city should find a way to restore it as a neighborhood revitalization project.|
|First United Methodist Church|