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
Mon Wharf – note a few of the smaller buildings along the river are still there.
Kaufmanns – Sadly since 2009 this venerable store has closed
6th Street – you can still get lunch on the corner, only now it is a 7-11.
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 – They still park on the Wharf and the cars still do occasionally get flooded.
Liberty and Grant – The train station is still the large building on the right, only now it is a small section on the side.
Fort Pitt Boulevard and Smithfield Street – The large building in the old photo was another train station, long torn down.
Forbes Avenue in Oakland – The large building in the background is the Cathedral of Learning – built in the late 1920s early 1930s.
Boulevard of the Allies & Smithfield Street – amazingly little change here.
Forbes Avenue near Pitt – no 15 cent gas now.
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 – Pittsburgh has had one of the most impressive transformations in the world, from an old steel town to a center of education and research.
Gateway Center – This was the start of the Renaissance of Pittsburgh.
PJ McCardle Roadway and Grandview Avenue
Craig Street in Oakland