Father Pitt

H. J. Heinz Factory

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

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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

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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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