Sunday, January 22, 2017

Still Standing: 1214 Voskamp

Long-vacant and endangered, this house at 1214 Voskamp Street in Pittsburgh's Spring Garden neighborhood still stands, but awaits an uncertain future. This house was the site of a grisly murder-suicide in the 1950s. It was added to the Pittsburgh demolition list last year, but curiously survived...for now.

RIP: Circa 1870s in West End

I am saddened to report another loss to our city's historic urban fabric. I always admired this circa 1870s double house at 2-4 Noblestown Road, in the West End of Pittsburgh. The City of Pittsburgh purchased it in 2009. I photographed it in 2010. As of 2017, it is a vacant lot. This is one of many 19th century working class homes that are demolished every year in the region.