I have always been a fan of old photographs of cities, especially Pittsburgh. Since we had lived near there much of our lives, I always found it fascinating to see what was once there, so one day I took a bunch of old photos I found online (Pittsburgh History website), printed them out, and tried to line up the ‘today’ shot.
Given that many of the old buildings are still there I had hints to getting the correct angle and size.
6th Street Bridge – Looking from the North side towards downtown (today it is in front of PNC Park)
Then – Forbes Field Now – University of Pittsburgh Law Library
Kaufmanns – Sadly since 2009 this venerable store has closed
Another 6th Street view closer to the bridge
Smithfield Street Bridge
7th and Smithfield
Smallman Street in the Strip
The Mon Wharf from the Smithfield Street Bridge
Liberty and Grant
Fort Pitt Boulevard and Smithfield Street
Forbes Avenue in Oakland
Boulevard of the Allies & Smithfield Street
Forbes Avenue near Pitt
Boulevard of the Allies ramp to the Liberty Bridge
Civic Arena – Sadly too this one of a kind building was torn down, yet to be replaced by anything other than a lame parking lot. Tearing this down was the equivalent of taking down the original Penn Station in Manhattan.
Fort Duquesene Boulevard and the Allegheny River Bridges
Fifth Avenue in Oakland
Forbes Avenue towards Market Square. This too has changed significantly since 2009.
Fourth Avenue & Smithfield
The Point from Mount Washington
PJ McCardle Roadway and Grandview Avenue
Craig Street in Oakland