"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

Find the Mantel in the Remains of the House Demolished on Centre Ave.

At first I thought it was an upright piano on top of the pile.   M-a-n-t-l-e is usually a cloak. M-a-n-t-e-l is the fireplace one. Although it seems they are interchanged frequently. I try to spell correctly on this blog but sometimes it’s tricky.

Driving to school I saw this pile of rubble which was a house last week. An abandoned, boarded-up house but still standing. Webb Construction guys were nice to let me take the photo. I asked them how they do it and he said you start at the top and work your way down.  Oh, and I met a contractor who restores houses and is looking for worthy pieces to salvage for the homes he restores.  What a contrast.

When It Is Too Far Gone to be Repaired or Restored

It gets torn down.
No one has the money to fix it up.
Houses stand boarded up a long time.
Sometimes there are occupied homes right next door.
Seems the city is demolishing abandoned homes at breakneck speed.
No archeological digs as in Philadelphia sites.

You wonder who lived here and the stories of their lives.

8 responses

  1. Laura O.

    It is wonder no one has tried to salvage it. We used to do a show called Mantelpiece Theatre – hand and rod puppets in the upper mirror portion and marionettes in the lower fireplace opening.


    February 25, 2011 at 2:27 am

  2. Laura

    I wish we could see the inside before


    February 25, 2011 at 7:44 am

  3. Sue reinfeld

    Sad photo. Are we better off with or without these abandoned homes. I can see both sides. But history is lost.


    February 25, 2011 at 7:49 am

  4. Sally

    Yes, it would really be something for someone to go around and try to find out the background on these houses. If they could speak, they’d have wonderful tales to tell!


    February 25, 2011 at 10:44 am

  5. erica

    At Braddock Hospital, the wrecking crew started up the hill at the back and are working forward and down toward the front ….. sort of like: we’ll fool you until the very end (this week) when: presto change-o – structure into rubble!
    The stories of a Hospital must be the stories of a house to some unknown power!!


    February 25, 2011 at 10:50 am

  6. Toni

    We saw a museum exhibit in Minneapolis one year that traced the history of a house. A lot of work went into the final product. They had things from each family that lived there over the years. It was very interesting.


    February 25, 2011 at 11:02 am

  7. I get sad about things like this. We have a similar mantel (not green) in our house!


    February 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm

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