Built in 1900 But Looking Brand New

People at Work. Hard work.

NIcholas Karam leads the team at Karam Restoration of Natrona Heights. They can definitely take pride in their excellent work.

You can see from the photo below how  bright and clean looking the brick is now that it’s been restored and new mortar has been put in. They are good at Brick Pointing for sure.

They would arrive before the sun was up and worked in cold temperatures, long dark days.

Today they came and took all the equipment and cleaned up the place. Rinsed the brick again.   It’s a pleasure to pull up to the house and see it looking rejuvenated.  Plus the porch roof won’t fall down from the missing mortar in the columns. I was thinking the house was built in 1920 but went and looked again and it says 1900.

(Now if only my carpenter would finish the wood that needs to be replaced)

Thanks to Nick and the team for a job well done.  See below for the Before and After comparison photographs
Before photo/

Our first photo was four members of the team

I used to watch the curtain blow in the wind

I used to watch the curtain blow in the wind. Someone left that top right window open.

For years.

Last week I photographed the window with the moving curtain, wishing I’d had time to video it. Red lights don’t last long enough.

Then last night, the window is gone. Steve was driving. I photographed the missing window with the eerie curtain. And I photographed it again tonight as I was driving over the RD Fleming Bridge again and got a quick shot. Just like that, it’s demolished.

Tuesday Morning This House Will Be Moved Up the Street-Guest Blog

Guest blog today by my friend River Watcher on Neville Island.

Thanks Deb for sending these pictures today.

Their whole neighborhood is planning to come out and watch this entire house be moved to the waiting lot up the street. The foundation will be dug AFTER the House is moved. My plan is to go document the actual moving of the house on Tuesday morning.

I’m amazed this can be done. When Mark was little in 1978 we watched a house be moved down the street in Philadelphia.

ready to roll

Wing Chair Garden

After breakfast with my friend Donna, we saw this pink chair in the front garden.

I shot it through the windshield.  We were stopped at the end of the alley where it was time to turn into the street.

The wing chair didn’t look as if it was put out for the trash?

Wing Chair Garden

A bit of reflection in the street puddle.

People at Work- Dan McDonald

Today at 8 AM, Dan and his SIL Todd, came to install my new furnace.  Their day ended about 12 hours later. Well done!

It is great to have efficient heat and not worry about carbon monoxide emissions from the old furnace.  Come summer there will be AC, too. And it was great you knew I needed more amps of electricity first and a new box so all is safe.

This old house hasn’t been this toasty since I moved in here in ’91.

Thanks Dan, for letting me photograph you in my old school basement.

And thanks Mar and Erika for recommending Uncle Dan.  He did a super job, just as you said he would.

Dan McDonald

Demolition in Swissvale

Driving back from Braddock, I saw people on the sidewalk with cameras in hand.

Then I saw the demolition of a house taking place.

I turned a corner and parked and got out and took a few pictures.

I thought the first one the best as it showed most of the scene. But the progressive close-ups complete the story.

My son’s in-laws grew up in this part of Pittsburgh. I heard that the house had been empty for ten years.

It was sad to see it demolished even though it must have been in bad shape. Y0u wonder who lived there.

What happened that it became abandoned.  You know there is a story.

I saw a green plastic basket in the rubble

*And I looked up the CASE excavator model # and it says it is 37, 700 pounds operating weight.