Father Pitt

Sacred Heart, Shadyside

Posted in Architecture, Churches, Shadyside by Dr. Boli on March 16, 2014


Two splendid churches face each other across Shady Avenue. One is Ralph Adams Cram’s Calvary Episcopal. This is the other: Sacred Heart, one of the most tastefully beautiful Gothic churches in a city with one of the best collections of Gothic churches in the Western Hemisphere.

Ellsworth Terrace

Posted in Shadyside by Dr. Boli on October 17, 2013


Ellsworth Terrace, a narrow court of Craftsman-style townhouses in Shadyside, is a century old this year. It was quite modern in style when it was built. The pseudo-Victorian building at the end is a modern addition.

Church of the Ascension

Posted in Churches, Oakland, Shadyside by Dr. Boli on September 1, 2013


Right on the border between Oakland and Shadyside, the Church of the Ascension is one of the diminishing number of black stone buildings in Pittsburgh. Father Pitt hopes that his pictures will preserve the memory of our black stones when the last stone building has been sandblasted.



The Arlington

Posted in Architecture, Shadyside by Dr. Boli on November 21, 2011

In general, Pittsburgh apartment buildings can be small and elegant or large and atrocious, but Shadyside is one of the few neighborhoods in Pittsburgh where apartment buildings can be both large and elegant. The Arlington, at the corner of Centre Avenue and Aiken Avenue, is one of the most elegant of the lot. Here we see the Aiken Avenue side. The various room layouts are rather charmingly named for composers, Bartok being the cheapest and Sibelius the most expensive. If you wish to occupy a spare hour or two, try to come up with a critical theory that accounts for that pricing.

Spiral Fire Escape

Posted in Shadyside by Dr. Boli on June 22, 2009


A spiral fire escape on the side of an apartment building in Shadyside.


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