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Rounded Corners in Shadyside

Updated update: Our correspondent David Schwing has been studying the career of the developer John McSorley. See his comment below, where he identifies these as two of McSorley’s buildings. The one for which old Pa Pitt could not find a name is called the Ontario. The architects were the Chicago firm of Perry & Thomas.(1)

The intersection of Maryland and Ellsworth Avenues in Shadyside is flanked by apartment buildings with distinctive rounded corners. Above, the Panama. Below, a building that must have looked very modern when it was put up (in the original version of this article, we said “probably around 1920,” but it turns out to have been 1911, which makes it even more strikingly modern); it seems to have no name but its addresses. (Addendum: It was originally called the Ontario.)


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2 responses to “Rounded Corners in Shadyside”

  1. Both The Ontario (the larger of the two) and The Panama were constructed by builder/developer John McSorley. McSorley hired an unnamed “Chicago Architect” to design The Ontario. McSorley also built The Belvedere Apartments at Ellsworth and Graham, which has a similar rounded corner. The Ontario and The Belvedere were built in 1911. I have not been able to confirm the date of The Panama.

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