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Pittsburgh P.O.: 1904

Pittsburgh P.O.: 1904

Pittsburgh circa 1904. "Post Office, Fourth Avenue and Smithfield Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.


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Winged Creature

There is one nifty winged gargoyle halfway up the corner of the building on the left. First that I've noticed in the many Shorpy Buildings.

No expense spared

"Architects found that the soil was too soft to support the original building plan, so the plans were altered and a request for more funds was put before the United States Congress. Materials were shipped in from all over the United States, including marble and slate from Vermont, Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as mahogany from Africa."

To design a structure as ornate and expensive as this, and then to go back and ask for *more* money, requires a certain level of chutzpah.

Planning some plumbing

I see two large gate valves and other hardware but no excavation.

[Look over to the right. - Dave]

Pastiche of a P.O.

Quite an amalgam of styles piled up together. Built in the 1880s and demolished in 1966.

Looking for --

It seems as if those old government buildings from this era always had some kind of cupola or tower over the basic structure. I assume it was to watch for Indian attacks.

Get the 'h' out of the 'burg

In 1904, that would have been "Pittsburg."

Eclectic, to say the least

A classic rendering in the Mishmash Revival style, but still an impressive show of craftsmanship.

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