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Old Stone Tavern, West End

Posted in History, West End by Dr. Boli on April 30, 2011

If the date “1756″ found etched in a cornerstone is correct, then this is the oldest building in the English colonies west of the Alleghenies. That date would make it older than the Fort Pitt Blockhouse by eight years. Father Pitt tends to doubt the authenticity of the date; but there is no doubt that this is a very old building, almost certainly from the 1700s, and one that ought to be preserved at all costs.

Bandstand in West End Park

Posted in West End by Dr. Boli on April 19, 2011

Old Pa Pitt is very fond of West End Park. Given a small and implausibly vertical site, the designers created a delightful neighborhood oasis, with distinguished landscape design, art, and architecture, while at the same time leaving enough woodland for a pleasant nature walk through the forest. This splendid bandstand was designed by architect William R. Perry, who also designed the Catholic church of St. Bernard in Mount Lebanon. (Perry was a protegé of John T. Comes, who designed many distinguished churches in Pittsburgh and elsewhere.) All it needs is a band, instead of the big institutional picnic table that occupies it now.

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Urban Archaeology

Posted in West End by Dr. Boli on April 18, 2011

Mysteries abound in a city when it’s had two and a half centuries to accumulate them. This old foundation in West End Park ¬†has obviously been here for a while. How old is it? The land for the park was bought in 1875; was this a little farmhouse from before that time? Father Pitt would be happy to hear from anyone who knows more about the history of this structure.

War Memorial at West End Park

Posted in Sculpture, West End by Dr. Boli on April 17, 2011

This little out-of-the-way park on a steep knob overlooking the West End Valley has one of Pittsburgh’s least-known memorials by one of Pittsburgh’s best-known sculptors. Frank Vittor, creator of some of our most prominent public art, designed this memorial for the soldiers who fought in the First World War.

Rowhouses in the West End

Posted in West End by Dr. Boli on December 1, 2008

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A pair of tiny houses in the West End, founded as the teetotaling community of Temperanceville and later famous for its bars and taverns.

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