Father Pitt

Why should the beautiful die?

Negley No. 1 and No. 2, East Liberty

Negley No. 1 and No. 2

A matched set of probably doomed apartment buildings at the intersection of Negley Avenue and Rural Street, seen on an appropriately gloomy day. They were built between 1910 and 1923(1), and although they are mostly utilitarian boxes of apartments, their fronts are distinctive and interesting.

Front of Negley No. 2

The treatment of the balconies creates a pleasingly complex rhythm, with broad and shallow rounded arches at the top, and slightly peaked Jacobean arches on the two lower floors. The windows in the center may have been stained glass, long since replaced when they were sold either by thieves or by an owner who could not afford to maintain them. The brick quoins add pleasing complexity to the texture.

From opposite corner

Some kind of cornice or decorative strip has done missing from the fronts, revealing cheaper red brick behind it that was never meant to be seen.


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