View from the South Side

A composition in cables and roofs, with the Bluff in the background and the U. S. Steel Tower behind that. This picture was taken in September of 2019, but not dredged out of the archives until now.

The Bluff


Seen from across the river. It seldom occurs to us when we drive on the Boulevard of the Allies how precariously the highway is perched on the edge of a sheer cliff.

Mercy Hospital

Pittsburgh’s first hospital is also our last remaining Catholic hospital, operating as part of the UPMC empire under an agreement that allows it to retain its Catholic principles. It sits at the top of the Bluff, and if you have to be sick one consolation may be that your room has a swell view. In this picture, the UPMC logo lowers symbolically over the complex from the top of the U. S. Steel tower.

Cranes on the Bluff

Cranes at Mercy Hospital, where a new Vision and Rehabilitation center is going up.

Old Main

Old Main at Holy Ghost College, now Duquesne University, as it appeared in 1888.

Source: Allegheny County Centennial, a publication from which we’ll be featuring quite a few more pictures.