Monday, November 2, 2015

Jeannette, Pennsylvania

This house in Jeannette caught my eye. I love how it sits right up next to the street, in the downtown area. They don't make houses like this any more, do they?  Now we all must pay a premium and live in expensive lofts, if we expect to reside downtown. In Jeannette, you can buy a house in the business district. This house in this little town seems so much more urban in spirit to me than, say, a four square in Squirrel Hill.

McKeesport, PA

McKeesport, once the vital, prosperous heart of the Mon Valley, America's Steel Capital, and the largest city therein. Now, largely a ghost city, where the ruins of the past convey more than words possibly could. There is a haunting energy here, a hopelessness, and a tragic, quiet beauty. McKeesport is where I choose to live, and where I find constant inspiration. 


Abandoned church

The intriguing mill town vernacular

Woods Run (North Side)

Photographs by writer -- Fall of 2015. The Woods Run district of the North Side contains many disheveled, working class homes from the Victorian era. As such, it is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. It is here that my interests in labor and immigant history and small Victorian homes converge.

Woods Run Ave.

Woods Run Ave.


Lecky Ave.

Lecky Ave.

Lecky Ave.

Lecky Ave.

Woods Run Ave.

Woods Run Ave.

Grand Ave.

1115 Grand Ave. (For Sale, as of 11/2/15)

Manchester (North Side)

Photographs by writer - Fall of 2015. This is the Manchester neighborhood on the North Side of Pittsburgh, which contains many notably well-preserved Victorian era homes. In the 1960s, this was the neighborhood to which Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation devoted much preservation advocacy and restoration work, saving many old houses.