Monday, July 21, 2014

RIP: Hitzrot House - McKeesport

"Any city gets what it admires, will pay for, and, ultimately, deserves... And we will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed."  -Ada Louise Huxtable, Farewell to Penn Station, 1963

The Hitzrot House was built in 1892 for Dr. Henry Hitzrot, and stood at 626 Market Street in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.  It was designed by noted Pittsburgh architect Frederick Sauer. It later became the local Eagles Club.  The building was demolished by the city on July 21, 2014.  It was the second significant historic building lost in McKeesport during the month of July, the other being the McKeesport Water Filtration Roundhouse.

No effort was made to salvage the old house parts or the antiques inside the Hitzrot House. Sadly, the city of McKeesport shows no interest in historic preservation matters.  The building could have been stabilized and mothballed for less than the cost of demolition. 

"The enemy of the dying city is not the abandoned building, but the circumstances that caused the building to become abandoned. Demolition is the erosion of a city, the removal of a city, the death of a city." - Jonathon Denson

Here is the video I took of the demolition:

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