Father Pitt

Why should the beautiful die?

Fort Pitt Blockhouse, by Arsene Rousseau

Fort Pitt Blockhouse
From The Charette, December, 1928.

This sketch was a winner in the Pittsburgh Architectural Club’s Summer Prize Sketch Competition. The artist was Arsene Rousseau (misspelled in the caption), who later became a successful architect in Youngstown.

The sketch shows the situation of the Blockhouse as attractively as the artist can manage consistent with honesty. It had been restored to its past and present condition by the Daughters of the American Revolution, who maintained a little patch of green in the decaying warehouse and slum district of the Point. We see just a little of the Point Bridge in the background.

For comparison’s sake, here is how the Blockhouse looked in 1887, before the ladies of the DAR got their hands on it:

Fort Pitt Blockhouse in 1887
From Fisher & Stewart’s Guide and Handbook of Pittsburgh and Allegheny, 1887.

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