About the Site

The mission of Discovering Historic Pittsburgh: Preservation & Photography is to document, through the author's photography and writings, the threatened historic architecture of the Pittsburgh region and beyond. As the site evolves, hopefully many endangered historic buildings will be recognized for their historical significance and beauty. The author wishes to fight the forces of urban destruction. Disastrous urban renewal programs have decimated large portions of the city in the past, from the center of historic Allegheny City on Pittsburgh's North Side, to the leveling of the historic structures downtown for Gateway Center and Point Park in the 1950s. Pittsburgh also lost its Old City Hall and Post Office, both of which contributed more to the architectural interest of the city than anything which could be built today. It is hoped that by learning from the mistakes of previous generations, what remains of the region's historic built environment can be preserved and treasured.


Strawberry Way, downtown Pittsburgh.

11 comments:

  1. Ron LangerMarch 17, 2014

    great site, Jonathon. I appreciate your efforts. I grew up in Carnegie, pa in the 1940's and 1950's. as a suggestion, have you ever asked any of us old-timers if they have any old photos of the buildings you've taken pictures of and what they looked like years ago and that they might share with you? I, too, took some photos of Carnegie buildings but only back in 2004. now I wish I had taken lots more. keep up the great work. we love the burgh and always will, even those of us not living there anymore.

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    1. Hello Ron,
      Since you grew up in Carnegie in the 40's and 50's I am hoping you remember this or have some info. Do you recall the old Boy Scout structure on the left side of Campbells Run Road just before entering Robinson Twp? Currently there is a church there now named The Church of Carnegie. I remember playing there as a kid in the 70's. It was very run down. Also a stones throw away sat the remains of what was called The Woodine Lodge. It to sat on the hill side closer to the road. It had an enormous fireplace made of hundreds of flat river stones. I recall a cement sign stating The Woodine Lodge 1939. I can find absolutely no information on either of these dwellings.

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  2. Great site, love these houses, my boyfriend and I are looking into buying old abandoned buildings and restoring them to their original beauty and other information you have to pass on would be appreciated.

    Jen
    Jreilly12278@yahoo.com

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  3. Wonderful site! Brings back so many memories. I was wondering if you know the name of the bakery that was in Christy Park main road in the 1960-1970?

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    1. AnonymousMay 11, 2016

      Bakery was called Tas-T-Donut. Closed in 1989. Owner just passed away this year. Best bakery ever

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  4. Wonderful site! Do you know the name of the bakery that was in Christy Park McKeesport Pa. It was on the main road. It was open when I was growing up in 1960 to maybe 1980 sometime. Reply Jeepmom51@yahoo.com. Thankyou

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  5. Did you hear about the old Brashear Factory? Perhaps a bit of solace since they found a time capsule? http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/03/25/Time-capsule-unearthed-during-demolition-of-historic-John-Brashear-factory-Pittsburgh/stories/201503250207

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  6. I am interested in the Benedum Estate "Greystone" in the Chatham University area. I was wondering if it still is in existence. I heard that it was purchased by Greystone Associates in 1985? for the building of condos....so sad, if it was demolished. Betsy email: bettshhsnet@yahoo.com

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  7. Jonathon, my name is Courtney Linder and I'm a reporter for PublicSource. I'm writing an in-depth investigation piece about abandoned properties in Allegheny county and I would love a chance to interview you, either in person or by phone. My email is clinder@publicsource.org please feel free to reach me there!

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  8. Jonathon, I'm a reporter at PublicSource and I'm working on an in-depth piece about abandoned properties in Allegheny county. I'd love the chance to talk with you about the issue sometime, whether in person or via phone if you have the chance. Please feel free to reach me at clinder@publicsource.org if you'd like to talk with me! Thanks!

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  9. Jonathon, my name is Courtney Linder and I'm a reporter for PublicSource. I'm writing an in-depth investigation piece about abandoned properties in Allegheny county and I would love a chance to interview you, either in person or by phone. My email is clinder@publicsource.org please feel free to reach me there!

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