Father Pitt

Heinz Field and the Allegheny

Posted in North Side, Rivers by Dr. Boli on June 9, 2014

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Allegheny General Hospital

Posted in Architecture, North Side by Dr. Boli on November 18, 2013

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The only really elegant skyscraper on the North Side is this hospital, designed by York & Sawyer in 1926. The style is what old Pa Pitt likes to call “Mausoleum-on-a-Stick”: the central tower is topped by an Art Deco interpretation of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. This is one of three Mausoleum-on-a-Stick towers in Pittsburgh, and two of them are hospitals (the other being Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland). The third is the Gulf Building,which was designed by the originators of the style.

Below, we see the hospital with the narrow streets of Dutchtown in front of it.

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York & Sawyer built two skyscrapers in 1926 with notably similar designs. The other is the Royal Bank Tower in Montreal, which was the tallest building in the British Empire at the time (though it did not compare with the tall buildings of New York, Chicago, and Pittsburgh). The picture at left, by “Thomas1313,” was made available on Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license.

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Autumn in the Union Dale Cemetery

Posted in Cemeteries, North Side by Dr. Boli on November 9, 2013

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Cemeteries in Pittsburgh have the advantage of Pittsburgh topography to make them picturesque. Add fall colors, and the picturesqueness is irresistible. The Union Dale Cemetery is the premier address for deceased residents of the old City of Allegheny.

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Alcoa Building, North Shore

Posted in North Side by Dr. Boli on August 17, 2013

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The new Alcoa Building, like the old, is a tribute to aluminum. Here we see the end of it that faces Sandusky Street, at the foot of the Andy Warhol Bridge.

Bald Eagles at the National Aviary

Posted in Aviary, Nature, North Side by Dr. Boli on January 22, 2013

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These two female eagles were injured in the wild and can no longer fly. They must think they died and went to eagle heaven, where food comes to them rather than having to be hunted down with infinite labor. This is a quick cell-phone snapshot, and old Pa Pitt apologizes for the quality.

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