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Pittsburgh’s South Side Home Tour-a photo essay

Pittsburgh South Side homes

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 GirlΒ 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 withΒ 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?

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Note: The South Side Home Tour typically takes place every year on a Saturday in May so mark your calendars for May 2016 πŸ™‚Β 

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    Kim
    May 21, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Slight correction-I own one of the new homes on the tour. The lot was vacant; the original house burned down 20+ yrs ago. This seems a petty distinction to make, but an important one to me. I care deeply for all the architecture in the South Side. Originally, the plan was to buy and renovate an existing structure. Many, both traditional houses as well as structures used in various ways over the past 100 yrs, were considered. Plans were executed for 4 of them. Unfortunately, none were feasible renovations. The desired end results would’ve compromised the integrity of the structures; something that must not be done. When the vacant lot became available, pieces fell into place.
    Thank you for allowing me to set the record straight.

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      Julie
      May 21, 2015 at 8:38 am

      Corrected! Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

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    Laura
    May 21, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    The tour was a lot of fun! Your photos turned out great; I love the architectural details!
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      Julie
      May 25, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      It was, I’m so glad we got to go! And thanks-now if only there could have been a few more blue skies that day πŸ™‚

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