Pittsburgh Photo Essays

Pittsburgh Neighborhoods: Lawrenceville, a photo essay

Well, I said it might be a while until I published my next Pittsburgh Neighborhoods photo essay and it was. But I’m really excited to share my second one which is of the Lawrenceville neighborhood. It’s one of Pittsburgh’s largest neighborhood areas and is also its most historic one as it was founded in 1814. Β Today, Lawrenceville is a perfect example of witnessing old meets new-19th century row houses with 21st century renovated buildings. I go to Lawrenceville a lot because I find its restaurant scene, namely all in the commercial Butler Street to be fantastic with its vast array of either small, ethnic eateries or up and coming hip establishments. It’s the complete opposite of Shadyside, the neighborhood I last featured, but that’s a good thing. Gorgeous, turn-of-the-last-century mansions are neat to look at but so is the “working man’s” home. For most Americans, that’s who our ancestors were.

Row houses complete with the ubiquitous front stoops

New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, originally founded as aPresbyterian church in the late 19th century

A reminder that dying young, even at the age of 23 was a common occurrence

The “Doughboy” in Doughboy Square

Do you see the keystone? Pennsylvania’s nickname is the Keystone State

An unassuming yet unique alley between two row houses

Tamari, one of the city’s most popular restaurants

Names of the dead from World War I

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8 Comments

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    Renuka
    November 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Beautiful shots!

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    Jo Ann M.
    November 17, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Great follow up to your mansion post! As much as I love to look at beautiful mansions, without these working class men and women there would be no mansions!

    Lawrenceville seems like a lovely neighborhood! Your photos give it a sense of comfortable dignity. It’s difficult to marry the old with the new without ruining the atmosphere of an area.

    As usual, I love all your photos! They really capture the character of a location. The photo of the RED church is striking against the bright blue sky. The bank is beautiful, and yes I do see the keystone! Unlike the mostly boring modern banks of today, it gives off a sense of strength and security. An interesting shot of the alley between the row houses.

    Your photo of Tamari with its yellow awnings is so artistic! I love the photo of the quaint little store with the reflection of the buildings across the street in its windows! Makes me want to visit. Is it called “dandelion”?

    Thanks for writing such an enjoyable Sunday post! πŸ™‚

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      Julie Tulba
      November 18, 2013 at 2:51 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I definitely lucked out with the weather-the day I walked around it was a beautiful day with vibrant blue skies. Today on the other hand saw abysmal weather!

      In addition to the great restaurant offerings I think one of the reasons I like the neighborhood so much is that it’s a historic area that truly could be found in countless American cities and for that it offers a sense of familiarity I feel. There’s modernist architecture but then there is as you said the plain, boring buildings of today. They definitely don’t build them like they used to!

      And yes, that store is called Dandelion πŸ™‚ I’ve never gone antiques shopping but it’s something I’d love to do sometime when there.

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