Pittsburgh – Then and Now

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. The ‘today’ photos are actually from 2009 so I am certain there have been  a few changes, but I recently rediscovered this post and realized it needed edited.

 

Then – Forbes Field   Now – University of Pittsburgh Law Library

2009 04 19 2 Forbes Field 2009 1909.jpg

 

 

 

Mon Wharf – note a few of the smaller buildings along the river are still there. 

2009 04 19 3 Mon Wharf 2009 1912.jpg

 

 

 

Kaufmanns – Sadly since 2009 this venerable store has closed

2009 04 19 4 Kaufmanns 2009 1912.jpg

 

 

 

 

6th Street – you can still get lunch on the corner, only now it is a 7-11.

2009 04 19 5a 6th Street 2009 1915.jpg

 

 

Another 6th Street view closer to the bridge

2009 04 19 5b 6th Street 2009 1915.jpg

 

 

 

Smithfield Street Bridge

2009 04 19 6 Smithfield Street Bridge 2009 1917.jpg

 

 

 

7th and Smithfield

2009 04 19 7 7th Smithfield & Liberty 2009 1929.jpg

 

 

 

Smallman Street in the Strip

2009 04 19 8 Smallman Street 2009 1929.jpg

 

 

 

The Mon Wharf from the Smithfield Street Bridge – They still park on the Wharf and the cars still do occasionally get flooded.

2009 04 19 9 Mon River 2009 1932.jpg

 

 

 

Liberty and Grant – The train station is still the large building on the right, only now it is a small section on the side. 

2009 04 19 10 Penn Station 2009 1936.jpg

 

 

 

 

Fort Pitt Boulevard and Smithfield Street – The large building in the old photo was another train station, long torn down.

2009 04 19 11 Smithfield & Ft Pitt Blvd 2009 1936.jpg

 

 

 

Forbes Avenue in Oakland – The large building in the background is the Cathedral of Learning – built in the late 1920s early 1930s.

2009 04 19 12 Forbes Ave Oakland 2009 1937.jpg

 

 

 

Boulevard of the Allies & Smithfield Street – amazingly little change here.

2009 04 19 13 Smithfield & Blvd of Allies 2009 1939.jpg

 

 

 

 

Forbes Avenue near Pitt – no 15 cent gas now.

2009 04 19 14 Forbes Ave Oakland 2009 1940.jpg

 

 

 

Boulevard of the Allies ramp to the Liberty Bridge

2009 05 31 Pittsburgh Boulevard of the Allies 2009 1962.jpg

 

 

 

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.

2009 05 31 Pittsburgh Civic Arena 2009 1959 Construction.jpg

 

 

 

Fort Duquesene Boulevard and the Allegheny River Bridges

2009 05 31 Pittsburgh Duquesne Wharf Hotel 2009 1940.jpg

 

 

 

Fifth Avenue in Oakland

2009 05 31 Pittsburgh Fifth Avenue 2009 1933 looking east from Atwood Street.jpg

 

 

 

Forbes Avenue towards Market Square. This too has changed significantly since 2009. 

2009 05 31 Pittsburgh Forbes Avenue 2009 1960 Smithfield Street.jpg

 

 

 

Fourth Avenue & Smithfield

2009 05 31 Pittsburgh Fourth Avenue 2009 1937 Smithfield Street.jpg

 

 

 

The Point from Mount Washington – Pittsburgh has had one of the most impressive transformations in the world, from an old steel town to a center of education and research.

2009 05 31 Pittsburgh Gateway Center 2009 1945 Before Demo.jpg

 

Penn Avenue

2009 05 31 Pittsburgh Gateway Center 2009 1951 Penn Avenue.jpg

 

 

 

Gateway Center – This was the start of the Renaissance of Pittsburgh.

2009 05 31 Pittsburgh Gateway Center 2009 1952 Demolition of last building in point area.jpg

 

 

 

Liberty Avenue

2009 05 31 Pittsburgh Liberty Avenue 2009 1910.jpg

 

 

 

PJ McCardle Roadway and Grandview Avenue

2009 05 31 Pittsburgh McCardle Roadway top 2009 1937 3.jpg

 

 

 

Craig Street in Oakland

2009 05 31 Pittsburgh Oakland 2009 1930 Craig & Forbes.jpg

 

 

 

 

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