Tuesday, March 24, 2015

On the importance of our oldest buildings..

This may not be everyone's opinion, or a "qualified opinion," but my opinion nonetheless: the oldest neighborhoods in the city are the most historically significant. 

There are many buildings and neighborhoods deemed historic simply because they have big, beautiful old houses, or because they are in affluent areas where people are more likely to care about history (Mount Lebanon, for example, is a historic district). Neighborhoods with more modest houses are given the short end of the stick.

One needs to take into account labor history, minority history, American immigrant history, and unwritten history -- all of which exists in the more modest dwellings of the past as well as the grand mansions.

The longer a building has stood, the more history it has witnessed.


Phineas Street (North Side)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this fascinating blog. I agree with your opinion of the historical importance of even modest workers homes. These old buildings provide a sense of place in a world where too many towns look so much the same.

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