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I‘ve read that people/community and
a“historical” culture memory are linked to
the permanence of a building and
architecture. I don’t know, or maybe
deny, what that means of the decay of
older brick and mortar buildings of the past in
The simple cottage home, and the mansion, both
offer a reality.
And what living activity occurs inside, is in
fact, . a culture’s chronicle, and a personal diary.
Skyscrapers, to me are megalithic,
overwhelm, and their details of structure are lost in
size.I could feel the modern sense of feeling like a
number in a large cog.And, that feeling would be
on the personal diary side.
The building itself would be on the cultural side, maybe
in a newspaper or magazine. the “Architectural
Achievement”. So they intertwine.
The following pictures are eye catching
,and provoke memories in me of places where I live near
In one way or another, I either
worked in them, near them or knew people living in the
places or at the sites , Except for RT 66.
The details I’m neglecting, those would be a different
The pictures are “more or less” a
different kind of journal ,similar to a scrapbook
, in a place called “Davencci”
As a “prescript”,- there of many places
I’d have posted , (the first and orginal
Harley Bike Shop ) or any school that I attended,
or places that have evoked feeling .
Originally my thought trend followed this picture
search on the Internet.
Many of the pictures you see here are of
buildings in a near defunct state , though
some have been renovated.
The local buildings have personal meaning to
me, what they were at one time, in
“full swing”……… and what they are now.
Things change, decay may become new again
.(i.e.Carnegie Music Hall )and then, it starts
all over again.
People often write about the places or people they
felt most about in life.
And one facet contains the other, depending on
So, this is a ” kind of” journal entry;
of “memories> to> environment”, instead
of people through life.
the internet, this week I came across pictures on
MSN gallery of the interstate highway Route 66. MSN
Rt 66 was one of the first interstate highways in
the USA. WIKI
The photographer- artist had
retouched images in “light” to create illusions of a
well lit buildings on the roadway that are
now abandoned , but not (yet) demolished .
For example, the picture here
The computer animated movie “Cars”, & theme
song “Real Gone” by Cheryl Crow, and the hit
song Nat King Coles’s “RT. 66″were written tributing the
Cheryl Crow Theme from cars “Real Gone”
Nat King Cole RT 66
alot further down the road,
Old public schools that had the
ornate Greek style arches and doorway entrances, which
were the antecedent of the frame of mind for the student
who entered, and announced the purpose to those who
“passed by” the place.
This school was just closed , within the last 2 years
The Public Libraries, that have a
large a limestone facade and the sleek expression of the
artful intellect in physical form. WIki
Carnegie Music Hall Homestead (I worked in this
This one pictured is Carnegie Library in Homestead , and
it once appeared decrepit, falling down, and
closed to the public, until the renovation
that was completed in 2011. It had (a pipe organ, , it
also had in the early 1900’s a bowling alley
and pool.) It now is Carnegie Music
Hall , with an orchestra pit , Carnegie Library
and Gymnasium Club.
Inside there is a Grande Staircase to
exterior balconies , and a cement staircase outside to a
platform for both the hall and gym entrances
, it is grande looking in a early 20th century
It is impressive . If you have a chance, see a
concert there, the acoustics are supposedly
excellent and seating is good no mater where you are in
the hall .
A worker gave me a tour just before the
renovation was complete He also showed me the
furnaces that heated the building in the early 1900’s.
The furnaces took the room space of the most
of the basement. The furnaces and boilers were
indescribably enormous. They sat
in a lower basement platform with cranes to heave in the
coal . I suppose they were manually filled with
-from working in Pittsburgh,this
building is now historically protected , it
is in the center of the city.The Old Allegheny
Prison and the facets that
mimicked a fortress-castle implying containment from
within and without.
The old hospitals built after the
40’s that had a mixing of what I would call
sleek classic modern/space age architecture.
The look implied the newest, medical knowledge
known to the time (the back of the post card
actually says that- exactly )
Kane Hospital Postcard
This hospital building was actually
3 very large wings of separate buildings and took
about 15 years to demolish because of work
labor problems .
Construction completed in 1956, and it’s demolition
began in 1985. It was in a state of suspended
demolition -animation in the 1990’s .
You could look at the cranes that were left there,
literally in mid height of the buildings on the
site . I was told the work crews left the site in
the middle of a workday and never returned .
The article sited here is from the “Pgh Post
Gazaette”, 1999. It finally came down in 2008.
There’s an elite health care facility in it’s place. Kane
Older Hotels (worked near or
was in them for work.)1980’s-90’s.
||Penn Hotel 1900’s
||Penn Hotel 2014
as the older buildings become monuments on the
roadside, well, they invigorate my imagination for
people that I’ve never met. or what the
building could become.”The Story” or what
would’ve been, …. had I
lived there, …… then, in the past
…… ….. shaped by architecture, economics, and people in
a different time, at a Spanish Villa, Row House or
a Gothic Church in a monastery..
worked near or in these buildings 1990′ to
2010.. The first is a villa style pink
stucco complex in Upper St. Clair, newly built
then lost for taxes, abandoned and became public
housing. Quite unique, the facade
stimulates the imagination .
Finally I guess
that’s where ghosts come from; old buildings, and
a memory. Or , maybe they’re real.
a subject for another blog.
G’night folks …don’t drink, and
be careful …. . drive safely ………….a
ghost town might be next down the road,
or Vegas “”