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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Liberty Avenue: 1914

Liberty Avenue: 1914

Pittsburgh circa 1914. "Liberty Avenue and skyscrapers." The Steel City grows up and up. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Identity of Some Buildings

Michael R, to fill in one blank: The tall, ornate building on the far right is the former HQ of the forerunner of PNC Financial. It stood at NW corner of 5th & Wood and was torn down to build One PNC Plaza. Behind it, barely visible, is the former Farmers Bank Building, which was torn down---after a horrific 1960s renovation---for the new Lazarus department store. I am intrigued by the foreground of the photo. I am betting the photo was taken from the top of the Diamond Bank Building. You can see the shadows of letters in the photo. There is a pic of the rooftop letters on the Shorpy's web site.

Once Again, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Work of Daniel Burnham!

I can see two buildings designed by D. H. Burnham & Co. of Chicago in this view: 1) Union Station (1898-1903), the hazy square block at the "end" of Liberty Avenue; and 2) the Oliver Building (1908-1910), seen here from the back as a 3-part structure with two deep light courts in the right-center background. Both are still standing. Other than the peculiar Keenan Building (at left, with the dome), I cannot identify the other tall buildings. Can anyone fill in the blanks?

'Burgh Memories

Last time I ran the 'Burgh Marathon, we finished down Liberty to Point Park.Who knows the town well enough to tell us if any of these buildings are still there (many details of one's surroundings blur during miles 24 to 26.2)?

 
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