Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pitcairn Demolition List

434 3rd Street, Pitcairn. Circa pre-1895 Queen Anne (on the demolition list).
At least two architecturally interesting houses, 415 3rd St. and 434 3rd St., appeared on the borough of Pitcairn's demolition list as of 1/8/2015. The municipality intends to demolish 22 houses this year. The demolition list is posted below. The two houses of architectural interest are photographed in this post. Both are late Victorian era homes, and shown on the 1895 GM Hopkins map of Pitcairn. One is a grand Queen Anne, and should be considered a potential local landmark rather than an eyesore.  The other is more modest, but still worthy of preservation.  Hopefully, these two homes can be spared demolition and turned over to preservation-minded buyers.  The Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program operates in Pitcairn, so it is indeed possible to acquire these tax delinquent and vacant properties, if the borough agrees not to demolish them. 

415 3rd Street, Pitcairn. Circa pre-1895 (on the demolition list).

Also have a look at my 2013 Pitcairn Photo Tour.

The almost-complete demolition list, as per a borough official:

707/709 Kay St., 526 2nd St., 528 2nd St., 333 3rd St., 360 3rd St., 383 3rd St., 415 3rd St., 419 3rd St., 434 3rd St., 435 3rd St., 617 3rd St., 559 4th St., 629 5th St., 633 5th St., 654 5th St., 656 5th St., 419 Robinson, 204 Short, 206 Short, 215 Rear Short

If you are interested in one of these houses, please contact Pitcairn Borough and plead for them to be removed from the demolition list.

UPDATE: Both 415 and 434 Third Street were demolished by the Borough and are currently vacant lots, as of December, 2015.


  1. These houses in San Fran - NYC - $1 000 000

  2. I grew up in one of these house being demolished, if $ allowed I would buy it fix it up & make more memories there with my children.

  3. Yes. The answer is not to demolish houses, but to have the county "Sheriff Sale" them and have someone fix them up, and live in, or resell. This way you not only give a good home to someone, but the Boro and county will get property tax money in instead of NOTHING. Use your heads, Pitcairn Council....