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W. J. Kountz Obelisk, Allegheny Cemetery

Posted in Cemeteries by Dr. Boli on July 2, 2014

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Cemeteries in Pittsburgh are littered with obelisks. Let us agree that, in this post-Freudian era, we have no need of the facile explanation that occurs to the snickering schoolchild in each one of us, and admit that a lofty obelisk can be a grand symbol of heavenward aspiration.

Stained Glass in the Grierson Mausoleum, Allegheny Cemetery

Posted in Cemeteries, Stained Glass by Dr. Boli on July 2, 2014

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Graver Monument in Allegheny Cemetery

Posted in Cemeteries, Sculpture by Dr. Boli on July 1, 2014

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A fine sculpture from 1887 that looks as fresh now as it did when it was put up.

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Daniel O’Neill Monument, Allegheny Cemetery

Posted in Cemeteries, Sculpture by Dr. Boli on July 1, 2014

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Mr. Daniel O’Neill was editor of the Dispatch, which he built into Pittsburgh’s most respectable newspaper, a position it maintained until it fell victim to the great newspaper massacre of 1923, when spiraling paper costs forced countless newspapers across the country out of business. It seems that a newspaperman’s work is quite literally never done: this statue of Mr. O’Neill hard at work still looks as fresh as it did when it was put up in 1877. Note the Egyptian-style lotus-blossom pedestal that supports his desk.

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South Side Flats

Posted in South Side by Dr. Boli on June 30, 2014

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This distant view from Mount Washington gives us a good notion of how densely packed the South Side is.

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