Category: Garfield

  • Congregation B’nai Israel, East Liberty

    Congregation B’nai Israel

    Henry Hornbostel designed two prominent synagogues in Pittsburgh. The still-prospering Rodef Shalom is familiar to everyone, partly because it sits at the eastern end of the Fifth Avenue monument row in Oakland and Shadyside. This one, built in 1923, is perhaps a more adventurous design. Hornbostel used old and new materials and design elements from different traditions to create a building that immediately looked as if it had been there for a millennium or more. After a few years as a school, it is now in the midst of being repurposed as apartments.

    Technically, according to the neighborhood border that goes up the middle of Negley Avenue on the city planning map, this building is in Garfield. Socially, it is more associated with East Liberty.

    B’nai Israel
    Frieze
    Entrance
    Porch
    The round part
    Another view
  • Idaho and Montana Apartments

    These two gems on Penn Avenue were built, to judge by the style, just about the time the two states for which they were named were admitted to the Union. They are just up the street from the Pittsburgh Glass Center on the Friendship side of Penn Avenue, but most Pittsburghers tend to refer to that whole Penn Avenue strip as “Garfield.”