Father Pitt

George Washington Memorial, Allegheny Commons

Posted in North Side, Sculpture by Dr. Boli on October 25, 2014

Sculptor Edward Ludwig Albert Pausch designed this equestrian statue, which was unveiled to great fanfare in 1891. It depicts young Colonel Washington, aged 23, as he appeared when he visited the future site of Pittsburgh and nearly drowned himself in the Allegheny. This is apparently known as Pausch’s masterpiece.

If you enlarge the photo above, you will notice that, at the upper right, the name of the Smith Granite Company comes before the sculptor’s name in the signature.

The monument was commissioned by the Junior Order of the United American Mechanics.

H. J. Heinz Factory

Posted in North Side by Dr. Boli on September 8, 2014


This photograph from Frank Curto Park, across the Allegheny, reminded Father Pitt of the old sepia gravure factory prints of a hundred years ago. So why not offer it in sepia tones? Much of the old Heinz complex is now loft apartments, but the buildings are remarkably intact, and on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Heinz Field

Posted in North Side by Dr. Boli on September 1, 2014

Heinz Field seen from Mount Washington on a sunny morning.

This picture is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication, so no permission is needed to use it for any purpose whatsoever.

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Heinz Field and the Allegheny

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


Allegheny General Hospital

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


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.


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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