For something new I thought I would start a photo series on Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods. While the city doesn’t have the colonial history that my hometown of Philadelphia does, it still has its own unique one. I can’t promise how regular this series will be since it involves me driving around and playing photographer, but hopefully I’ll be able to post a few more before the end of the year.
I’m beginning with Shadyside, the first ever Pittsburgh neighborhood I lived in. It’s located in the city’s East End section and borders the neighborhoods of Oakland (home to the University of Pittsburgh among other higher ed institutions) and Squirrel Hill, one of the city’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods. It was also where “back in the day” some of Pittsburgh’s most affluent families lived (Andrew Mellon of the Mellon banking name was one). Fifth Avenue, a major thoroughfare that runs through Shadyside was dubbed “Millionaire’s Row” due to the numerous mansions that lined the street. It also is home to many houses of worship including Rodef Shalom Temple that was built in 1906. And last but not least, Shadyside is home to my undergraduate alma mater-Chatham University. You wouldn’t know the campus existed when on Fifth Avenue but once you turn onto Woodland Road, you are surrounded by nothing but vast stretches of greenery and trees. It’s also replete with numerous mansions from times past, many of which were donated to Chatham and today serve as offices and even dormitories; I actually lived in two of them.
|The Negley-Gwinner-Harter House|
|Today a “dry unloading station” for cars but more than 100 years ago it’s
where the horse and carriage would have let you off.
|Third Presbyterian Church|
|Howe-Childs Gate House on Chatham’s campus-supposedly the oldest wood frame house in
Pittsburgh and the oldest existing house on Millionaire’s Row. It was built in 1861.
|The Julia and James Rea House (built in 1912)-my first ever dorm|
|Outside the Mellon Center.|
|Berry Hall-today it serves as the admissions office but prior it was a dormitory. It was built in 1895.|