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Inside and Out

awning in black and white
awning in black and white

Inside and Out

Though the photo looks old, it’s not, but the building is, and on a misty, snowy winter day the rest of the city around the building is misted out while the Victorian light fixtures and gingerbread appear. And the tromp l’oeil of the semi-circular awning reflected in the glass makes it look like a dome, though half of it is indoors.

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Broken Dreams

broken window
broken window

Broken Dreams

The blue sky is broken apart by shattered window panes and even by the tattered hole in the roof of this grand old industrial building. Even the old Victorian bentwood and wicker chair is going to pieces. Such dreams lived here.

The leaves have fallen from the trees, and such things are now in full view.

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American Trouser Company Today

American Trouser Company Today

American Trouser Company Today

This is a ghost sign of a company that was once founded and housed in this building on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh. I can’t find much of the history but photographing the building was interesting, the mix of older, slightly worn brick and even the hinges left from window shutters. The windows have obviously been replaced, but I also liked the rich red of the brick at that time of day, early evening, contrasting with the teal of the window frames, yet the building, obviously built more than a century ago, still has strength and vitality. They still exist, but not in Pittsburgh. I found this old sales receipt on this site.

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Different Opinions

broken windows in building
broken windows in building

Different Opinions

Each of these windows has something different to say about the condition of this building.

I’ve been watching the Thepitt Building in Carnegie slowly fall to pieces for years. The brick walls are sound for the most part, but each of the classic old 6/6 wooden-frame double-hung windows has weathered the time in its own fashion, from broken panes to missing panes to those remaining reflecting its own little section of the sky, some windows with dilapidated blinds still hanging and others with chairs and desks visible and even views of the sky through the roof, or where the roof should be. It’s just fantastic in its downfall, though only a few years ago there were still businesses in this building.

Interesting how different it looks in color, less stark, possibly more details, yet it’s the same message.

broken windows in old building

Different Opinions

 

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Labor Day, 2011

photo of industrial building

Kinney

Nope, just took the photo yesterday, but the building doesn’t look much different from photos of that area from decades ago, and still the same company. It may not be big, pretty, stylish or new, but for the owners of those companies who are in for the long haul, take care of their employees as well as themselves and do it all extremely well, it’s beautiful.


One Thin Slice, 2010

tall narrow building
tall narrow building

One Thin Slice

What do you do when your city lot is at a 25 degree angle to the street? You build a building that looks completely normal from the front, but comes to a very slim edge at one corner. It’s very interesting from the outside, but I’d love to see what the rooms look like inside—what could you possibly put in the corner of a room like that?

This building is one of many along Shiloh Street in Mt. Washington, Pittsburgh, that are angled to the street in much the same way. Buildings of an interesting shape and narrow streets on extreme hills (tomorrow) make the neighborhoods a very interesting visit.


Creekside House

house on a creek
house on a creek

Creekside House

I’ve been enjoying photographing some sites and buildings around town, in the present day though they look quite old, and presenting them in black and white or in a sepia or otherwise aged appearance. Snow works well for this, as well as the excess of midday summer sun.

This house is on the other side of a tiny little creek, but it’s only accessed from an alley and across a footbridge made of railroad ties with no railing, and I’d always wanted to photograph it from the angle at which you can’t see any other buildings so it looks as if it’s out in the middle of nowhere. Someone still lives there, and someone has lived there constantly for decades; the house is very well-kept. This access would seem an imposition today, but people didn’t used to be so particular about such things, a home was a home.


Labor Day

photo of industrial building

Kinney

Nope, just took the photo yesterday, but the building doesn’t look much different from photos of that area from decades ago, and still the same company. It may not be big, pretty, stylish or new, but for the employees of those companies who are in for the long haul, take care of their employees as well as themselves and do it all extremely well, it’s beautiful.


One Thin Slice

tall narrow angled building

One Thin Slice

What do you do when your city lot is at a 25 degree angle to the street? You build a building that looks completely normal from the front, but comes to a very slim edge at one corner. It’s very interesting from the outside, but I’d love to see what the rooms look like inside—what could you possibly put in the corner of a room like that?

This building is one of many along Shiloh Street in Mt. Washington, Pittsburgh, that are angled to the street in much the same way. Buildings of an interesting shape and narrow streets on extreme hills (tomorrow) make the neighborhoods a very interesting visit.