Tag: Winter

  • Moderne in Mission Hills

    361 Orchard Drive

    Mission Hills in Mount Lebanon, laid out in 1921, is a neighborhood where houses in all different styles coexist happily. Most of those styles are historical or romantic; this ultramodern house is a definite outlier, and an unexpected treasure in a neighborhood full of treasures. Father Pitt does not know the architect, but because of the striking similarities between this house and one in Swan Acres attributed to Joseph Hoover, we shall tentatively assign this one to Hoover as well. (And old Pa Pitt promises to get to Swan Acres soon and bring back some pictures of that remarkable neighborhood.)

    Perspective view

    Could the house number be more perfectly styled to match the house?

    Perspectivier view

    And is that a genuine Kool Vent awning over the side door?

  • Mission Hills in the Snow

    Parkway Drive

    Mission Hills in Mount Lebanon was laid out in 1921 as an ideally picturesque automobile suburb. The lots were sold off individually, so that each buyer hired his own architect and builder. The result is a delightful variety of styles that all fit comfortably together. We’ll take a look at a couple of those houses individually later, but right now here is a big album of Mission Hills houses in the snow.

    343 Parkway Drive

    To keep from weighing down the front page, we’ll put the rest of the pictures behind a “read more” link.

  • A Snowy Day in Beechview

    Dagmar Avenue in the snow

    Old Pa Pitt would like to tell you that he climbed a tree in the howling wind just to get these pictures for you, but he would be pulling your leg. They were taken from the walkway of the Fallowfield streetcar viaduct.

    Walkway on the Fallowfield viaduct
    Alton Street

    If architecture is frozen music, then utility cables are the surface noise on a worn shellac record.

  • Sunset Through the Branches

  • Winter Light Garden at Phipps Conservatory

    Phipps Conservatory illuminated

    This year’s Winter Flower Show and Light Garden ends tomorrow to make way for the annual Orchid and Bonsai Show. The conservatory is open late for the light show, which has become one of Pittsburgh’s chief holiday attractions.

    Globes and pointy things
    Abstract tree
    Illuminated tree
    Orange and green
    Light arcade
    Overlooking the light garden
    Sunken Garden
    Victoria Room
    East Room
    Serpentine Room
    View from the Japanese Courtyard Garden
  • Ironweed Seeds

    Seeds of Tall Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea)

    Seeds of Tall Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea), presented to you here because old Pa Pitt was trying out a camera he just bought in a junk shop for $8.

  • Sunset

  • Duquesne Incline

    Seen from across the Ohio.

  • Ice Cascade in Banksville


    Every year this cliff face in Banksville grows a beautiful cascade of icicles, and old Pa Pitt has taken pictures of it more than once. Here it is again, and no excuse is necessary.

    Ice cascade
  • Moss