Above, the distinctive grotesque eruption at the pinnacle of the pyramid roof. Below, the alternating eagles and torches of the cornice.
In Pittsburgh, the Egyptian style is almost always associated with the death business, so it is no surprise to learn that this little building was a monument dealer before it became Green Tree’s oddest office building. The fact that it sits directly across the road from the entrance to Chartiers Cemetery is another clue. It is right on the border of Green Tree, at the edge of a little neighborhood called Rook, which once had a station on the Wabash Pittsburgh Terminal Railway, and still has a large freight yard belonging to the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway.
A large classical firehouse with its front on Filbert Street and a long, well-designed side on Elmer Street.
The Filbert Street front.
Arms of the city of Pittsburgh, on the left side of the front.
Arms of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, on the right side of the front.
The Elmer Street side looks like an Italian Renaissance palace.
Twin lion heads guard the entrances to the Lionhead, an apartment building in Shadyside.
The richly decorated Parkvale Building on Forbes Avenue is currently under renovation, so we can hope that these splendid reliefs will continue to delight future generations of Pittsburghers.