St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Highland Park

Completed in 1909, this typical Gothic church was designed by Philadelphia architects Carpenter & Crocker, who also designed Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Homewood and at least one of the Fifth Avenue mansions in Shadyside.

Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z1485 IS. The composite picture above is about 25 megapixels if you click on it.


Fountain and Gardens, Highland Park

The fountain and formal gardens in Highland Park, seen from the stairs to the reservoir. Beyond is the grand entrance to the park, with Giuseppe Moretti’s “Welcome” group.

Camera: Canon PowerShot S45.

Welcome Sculptures by Giuseppe Moretti at the Highland Avenue Entrance to Highland Park


One of Pittsburgh’s two most famous and most prolific sculptors (the other being Frank Vittor), Giuseppe Moretti decorated the entrances to Highland Park with extraordinary bronzes. Note that these two opposite figures are matching but entirely different: Moretti sculpted them from two different models and posed them differently, thus making literally twice as much work for himself as an ordinary sculptor would.

The Parklane

This 22-story International-style apartment block looms over Highland Park, a mostly residential neighborhood with no other tall buildings. It is a fine place to live, according to residents: it is well maintained, and it has glorious views unobstructed by the looming bulk of the Parklane, which dominates most other views in the area.

Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

Highland Park Bridge


The Highland Park Bridge, viewed through the winter trees from Highland Park.

Urn in Highland Park


Father Pitt does not know the history of these urns, and would be delighted if any of his readers could enlighten him. This one is set back against the woody hill that slopes down from the reservoir.