Category: Bluff

  • South Side, Bluff, and Lower Hill

    A view from the South Side Slopes. Below, a closer look at part of Duquesne University and Mercy Hospital on the Bluff.

  • UPMC Mercy Pavilion Under Construction

    Just a few blocks away from our first Eye and Ear Hospital, Mercy Hospital is building a “Pavilion” that will specialize in eye patients. Here we see it from across the Mon.

  • 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.

  • The Bluff

    Mercy Hospital and part of Duquesne University seen from across the Monongahela.

    This picture is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication, so no permission is needed to use it for any purpose whatsoever.


  • Duquesne University

    “Built on a bluff and operated on the same principle”—that was the slogan Peter Leo proposed for Duquesne University. Here we see the campus from the twenty-third floor of the Grant Building downtown.