Father Pitt

Why should the beautiful die?

Wood-Block Pavement in Shadyside

Roslyn Place is a tiny and impossibly narrow street lined with small but dignified brick townhouses. So far it is little different from any of a dozen other nearby townhouse plans of the early 1900s. But it is the street itself, rather than the houses that line it, that is the attraction.

Those are not bricks that pave the street; they’re wood blocks. Here’s a closer look:

A somewhat bedraggled plaque on the handsome wrought-iron fence along Ellsworth Avenue dates the pavement to the year 1914.

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