Thursday, December 10, 2015

Scenes from McKeesport: The Disappearing Mill Town Vernacular

This is a collection of four years worth of photographs documenting the crumbling historic buildings of McKeesport, where I live. I created this video with the goal of educating people about the historic architecture of McKeesport, and encouraging preservation of these structures.

*NOTE: This video does not cover the more stable, newer sections of McKeesport on the periphery of the city. This video is about the oldest and most historically significant sections of the city, which are threatened by long-term neglect and demolition.

Music by: Sufjan Stevens ("Redford") and Coldplay ("The Scientist").

Toledo - Vistula Historic District

Vistula Historic District. Toledo, Ohio.

This is not in Pittsburgh, but I thought you would appreciate a small sample of the architecture in Toledo's oldest neighborhood.

Lost Historic Home in Hays


This beautiful, well-preserved 19th century home on Mifflin Road in the Hays neighborhood of Pittsburgh was apparently demolished recently for a road construction project. I drove by the site three times to make sure it was really gone, and now I'm just glad I took this photograph of the house in 2013. We never know how long historic homes will be with us, even when they are in outstanding condition and as well-loved as this one seemed to be. This is why I do what I do. I want people to develop an appreciation for the old buildings around them, so they can be appreciated while they are still with us. Only those that see value in history will see that it is spared from demolition.