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St. Augustine

Posted in Churches, Lawrenceville, Sculpture by Dr. Boli on August 19, 2013

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St. Augustine reads to the people of Lower Lawrenceville from the front of the church that bears his name.

Victory in Lawrenceville

Posted in Lawrenceville, Sculpture by Dr. Boli on December 6, 2012

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Lawrenceville has two First World War memorials. The most famous is the Doughboy in Doughboy Square (which of course is a triangle) at the intersection of Penn Avenue and Butler Street. But this more modest memorial at the corner of Butler and 46th Street is a charming statue of Victory that would be the pride of any neighborhood that did not already possess a greater masterpiece.

Lower Gatehouse of Allegheny Cemetery

Posted in Cemeteries, Lawrenceville by Dr. Boli on January 1, 2010

The Butler Street gatehouse was part of the original design of the cemetery in the 1840s, and it serves its function perfectly. From a busy city street we enter a romantic fantasy landscape that might have come straight from Sir Walter Scott. The contrast is almost as great as the contrast between life and afterlife.

A Rowhouse in Lawrenceville

Posted in Lawrenceville by Dr. Boli on December 5, 2009

Lawrenceville is one of Pittsburgh’s most interesting neighborhoods. In its long history—it was the birthplace of Stephen Foster—it has never really decayed, but it has seldom been a really fashionable neighborhood. The result is a collection of houses going back to the Federalist style, many of them in good condition, and relatively few bulldozed for new developments. Now, at last, the neighborhood is becoming fashionable, but among artists who cherish the history and architecture of the place.

This house probably dates to the 1880s, but the basic shape of Lawrenceville rowhouses has remained the same for most of the neighborhood’s history. The green trim and dark red paint were the typical look of a Pittsburgh house for many decades; by contrast, the identical house to the left has been restored and pseudo-Victorianized.

A Bank in Lawrenceville

Posted in Lawrenceville by Dr. Boli on May 26, 2009

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If you worship Mammon, here is your temple. This classical gem of a bank, built in 1903, refuses to allow its small size to curtail its Renaissance luxury.

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