This past Saturday I finally did something I’ve wanted to do for years, I went on the annual “Historic South Side Home Tour.” While there are countless house tours here in Pittsburgh, they’re generally always on a Sunday, a day when I’m working. So I figured that after years of saying “I should really go on that,” this year I did. I went with Laura from Eclectic Travel Girl who also had never been and seemed to enjoy visiting all of the lovely homes as well.
The South Side is one of Pittsburgh’s oldest neighborhoods and enjoys a rich history as well as deep connections to the city’s immigrant past. It was never an affluent neighborhood unlike those areas in the city’s East End. Instead, it was a working class neighborhood through and through where things like religion and family were the dominant mainstays (there are countless churches of all different sects and denominations here). While today the South Side is (sadly) known in some circles as “the place to drink,” (there are more bars than you can imagine), it’s also replete with locally owned businesses, ethnic restaurants, and historic architecture.
There were a total of 13 homes that you could visit, all with varying size, look, and background. Two of the homes we toured had been literally built from the ground up (the owner of one of the houses had razed the previous structure there while the other house was built on a vacant lot). While these homes were certainly beautiful from an architectural perspective, I much preferred those that dated from the late 19th century. Although much of the interiors in these historic properties had been completely remodeled, they still featured some beautiful and unique touches which as a history lover I adored seeing.
As some of the homes were spread out throughout the neighborhood, I also took the opportunity to snap some photos of the South Side since whenever I’m there, it’s usually just to eat or see a movie. Which photo is your favorite?
Note: The South Side Home Tour typically takes place every year on a Saturday in May so mark your calendars for May 2016 🙂