Beech Avenue Homes

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Another photo of these three story homes on Beech Avenue, North Side, Pittsburgh, PA.

Beech Avenue, with a charming series of three-story houses of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, many adorned with spacious verandahs. Two famous names attach themselves to houses on this short block: Gertrude Stein (who "always remained firmly born in Allegheny, Pa") was born in 1874 in the richly adorned two-story Italianate brick house at 850; Mary Roberts Rinehart lived for years in the substantial brick house at 954 Beech, at the northeast corner of Allegheny Avenue. It was here in 1907 that Rinehart wrote The Circular Staircase, one of America's pioneer mystery stories. Next door, at 948-950 Beech, stands a delightful double house that is a totally eclectic mix of Italianate, Second Empire, and High Victorian Gothic detail.


Guest - Nov 14, 2006 11:13 PM EDT
Thanks for your comments Carol and Anne. I've lived in Pittsburgh most of my life and find it amazing that since photography I'm finding new things of interest all the time.
Guest - Nov 12, 2006 09:31 AM EDT
Thanks Mary!! Mary Roberts Rhineheart was one of my favorite mystery writers as I was growing up. It is nice to see where she lived. The houses are reminescent of the ones in Baltimore but I couldn't tell if they had those "shining clean white steps" of Baltimore that were scrubbed every morning. This should make a great series. Very interesting pictures.
Guest - Nov 12, 2006 08:07 AM EDT
Beautiful houses and very interesting write up. Carol

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