About Father Pitt


To all his esteemed readers and correspondents, Father Pitt sends greetings. Out of his unbounded love for the city that bears his name, Father Pitt dedicates this publication to all lovers of beauty and liberty; and, in particular, to the citizens of Pittsburgh, that they may learn to love as he does the beauty that surrounds them and the liberty they enjoy.

Father Pitt would like to thank Mr. Christopher Bailey for the use of his photographs. The drawing in the heading is by Canfield, a Pittsburgh cartoonist, who drew it in 1906.

It might be useful for Father Pitt to have a stated policy for picture use. Here it is: All original photographs on this site may be republished on any noncommercial Web site or in any nonprofit print publication. You don’t even have to ask. (Author credit to “Christopher Bailey” is nice, but not necessary. Worrying about particular conditions is just too much effort.) For other uses, leave a comment on the article where the photograph appears. Father Pitt has donated some of his pictures to Wikimedia Commons (you can tell which ones they are by the URL when you click on the picture). For those, no permission of any kind is needed for any purpose.

The tag line “Why should the beautiful die?” comes from a song by Stephen Foster, Pittsburgh’s most famous songwriter: “Ah, May the Red Rose Bloom Alway.”

16 thoughts on “About Father Pitt

  1. I have a group of friends who want to visit “The Ten Most Beautiful Catholic Churches in Pittsburgh” for Mass (I likely have seen the top ten UGLIEST Catholic Churches… Pittsburgh, as I understand it, is something of a “center” for this sort of thing) but I was wondering what your take was on the Top Ten list?



  2. Dear Sir:
    I am writing to ask permission to reprint two of the pictures on your blog. I am the volunteer editor of an antique car-club newsletter. The Antique Automobile Club of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the automobile; we are its Gettysburg (Penna.) region. Our newsletter serves our Gettysburg Region.
    The pictures I refer to show wood-block pavement in Shadyside. I am planning an article on this type of pavement for our newsletter, as I came across an old textbook of highway engineering, circa 1914. I was really happy to learn that examples of this type of pavement still exist, and the two pictures you have taken show it very clearly.
    The pictures are good; but do you by any chance have the same pictures in higher resolution than those posted in your blog?
    This comment was the only way I could find to contact you. Thank you for your consideration.

    1. Old Pa Pitt is always happy to discover that, even at his age (he just turned 250 last month), he can still be of use to honest citizens. He is glad to grant permission to reproduce items from his site to correspondents who ask for it. In many cases, high-resolution image files are available, and Father Pitt simply gives them away to nonprofit organizations. It’s his often-remarked generous nature.

  3. i was wondering if you know anything about a “court” of sorts in dan marino park in oakland… it seems to be for a game that everyone forgot how to play. do you know what the game is? it has a large cement bowl and a donut shaped thing on one side… its really hard to describe but if you’re in the area one day, please give it a look.


  4. Father Pitt,

    I’m a graduate student collecting images for my professor’s professional publication about livable cities. Could we use the image titled “Victorian street in Manchester.” It was posted on Jan. 23, 2008. If you are not able to grant copyright permission could you please advise me of whom I should speak with. Thank you very much for you assistance.


    1. Old Pa Pitt (whose friend Dr. Boli does all his typing for him) is always happy to help anyone interested in the history of Pittsburgh.

      His general policy on reuse of his images is this:

      Any photograph on Father Pitt’s site may be used in any not-for-profit publication without prior permission. Please credit the photograph to Christopher Bailey, who is kind enough to allow Father Pitt the use of his images.

      Most commercial publications may obtain permission simply by asking for it. Higher-resolution files of many of the photographs are also available.

      To remove all ambiguity in this particular case, permission is granted to use the image in the article “Victorian street in Manchester” in your professor’s publication about livable cities.

  5. Hello

    I am writing to you as part of the team in the Scottish Government which runs the website http://www.Scotland.org.

    As part of our promotion of Robert Burns this month, we are in the process of compiling a map of the earth marked with all the places where Robert Burns statues stand. This animated map will be on our website mentioned above and will remain there indefinitely. We came across your photograph of the statue of Burns in
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and with your permission would love to use it on our map. We would of course be more than happy to credit it with your name.

    Please let me know if you would be content for the photo to be used on our website.

    Thanks and best wishes

    Amy Brennan

  6. Father Pitt,
    Great photos and editing on your site.
    We operate a healthy foods restaurant in Oakland, the Red Oak Cafe. We’re featuring oakland and downtown on two of our walls with walking maps, pictures and points of interest. Could we please use two of your images. yarn graffiti and the market square diamond?
    thank you,

  7. Hello Father Pitt…I’m trying to get some information on Eberhardt of Eberhardt & Ober Brewery. Do you know which home in Troy Hill that Eberhardt resided in? There is tons of information around on Ober, but not Eberhardt. Any insight would be helpful. Also, was he married, what was her name, are their pictures of her around? Thank you!!!

  8. Father Pitt, I am looking for permission to use your photos of the Highland Building. We are looking for photos prior to the the constrution/renovation so that we can place on walls, etc to see the then and now. IF you happen to have these in a high resolution that would be wonderful. thank you

  9. Greetings!

    I am one of several interns with a company called GTECH Strategies. We are working on a research project in conjunction with the Buhl Foundation to map community assets in the 18 Northside Neighborhoods. The goal is to map assets and identify the interesting places, people, and character of these neighborhoods in order to eventually create trails that would connect these communities and unify the Northside.

    Reading through your blog, it seems that you have a lot of knowledge of Pittsburgh, especially about the history and character of places, which is something we are particularly interested in. If possible, we were wondering if one of us could talk with you more, either via email or in person, about some of the interesting places and history of the Northside that you might know of.

    You can contact us at onensaim@gmail.com if you are interested. I’ve included two websites that give you a better idea of what we are trying to do.



    Christine Kuhn
    GTECH Intern

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