Photos by Matt Bear
In my weekly emails from Houzz, I saw this amazing renovation by Matt Bear of Union Studio. What caught my attention is this space was originally a library! How awesome would it be if you could live in a space that use to be a library! The Mill Valley Public Library was originally built by Andrew Carnegie in 1911. Just to be clear, it was his money that financed it. I had to dig around and found a photo of the original structure.
Original Mill Public Library; 1911
A few weeks ago, Chef and owner of E2, Kate Romane let Kristy and I check out their newly renovated event room that’s located downstairs. Everything looks completely different than before. It has a beautiful antique back bar, reclaimed wood used on the wall, the front of the bar and ceiling. I was really blown away and impressed with all the changes.
This past November, I had the opportunity to check out a photo shoot of the 48th Street Rowhouses located in Lawrenceville by photographer Albert Vecerka. While I was there, Brian of Botero Development told me that before he took on this project, these rowhouses were going to be destroyed because they had been abandoned for a few years. I even thought how bad could they have been? Then to my shock, he showed me this set of before photos. I don’t think I could have EVER envisioned that after Botero and mossArchitects got to work, they would turn out so beautiful.
Bridge of Sighs, 1903
Matt of Alternate Histories is a pro at finding good quality historic photos of our city. I know Pitt has an extensive library but sometimes I feel like you can get lost on that site. I was happy that he sent me a few good finds.
Justin Cipriani who owns Cipriani Studios is the architect and developer behind this multi-family residence that is located in Mt. Washington. We met Justin over the summer while he was working on his South Side project. I had seen drawings of what Neff would look like on his site so it was a nice surprise to see how everything turned out. Take a look:
I briefly chatted with Kate who runs Urbanspace a while back through S:A’s FB page, so when she was ready to show off what she had been up to, I was really impressed with the transformation I saw. If someone showed me this house in the before photos I would have ran far, far away. I have to admire her for being up for the challenge of taking this house on.
I don’t know why but I’m really fascinated with abandoned churches in this area. When I came across Eyes on Heritage through @EastLibertyPgh , I was hooked! It’s a mix of churches that are abandoned but some aren’t, I’m also not sure who is behind this site. Either way, it’s amazing to just scroll through all the photos and really appreciate the architecture and heritage that is in each of these structures.
St Nicholas Croatian Church (Northside)
This is the vision in my brain
There is a large Croatian community within the city of Pittsburgh. My great grandfather came from there and in recent years I have become more curious about this country, wanting to visit and see relatives that still live there. Whenever I picture this in my head I think of all the old architecture and homes that have been there for centuries. One thing that I never associate with Croatia is modern architecture. Well, I was surprised when I came across the firm DAR612 located in Zagreb. They specialize in contemporary living and work spaces. Their portfolio is impressive:
Photo by Pfaffmann + Associates
I came across a photo of this garage on Flickr this morning and started digging around for more. I think it’s one of the most stylish parking garages I have ever seen! It received a make over from Pfaffmann + Associates (not sure how long ago). I just know when I pass it now, it really pops out at me and if you weren’t from this city, you might not even know it’s a garage. Most garages look like they are an afterthought to all the other buildings surrounding them. I think more of them need to be treated like the one here on Fort Duquesne & Sixth!
Photo by David Kent
Photo by Artefaqs
Wigle Whiskey (pronounced like Wiggle) is located in the Strip District. When I first noticed a new sign on the building, I wasn’t sure what it was going to be. When it was announced that a Whiskey Distillery would be there, I was pleasantly surprised and curious. For me the name didn’t click until you get a history lesson about the Whiskey Rebellion!