I spent most of this morning trying to find out more about the history of the homes that were recently demolished at the corner of Centre & Craig in Oakland to make may for a new development. It turns out they may have had some historic significance. I know we can’t save every historic building, but if we can’t I would certainly like to document these properties before they are gone. (If you know anything about the Centre & Craig houses please leave a comment!)
After a morning of google searches, I had moved on to another topic and clicked over to Next Pittsburgh where I discovered THIS house in Stanton Heights:
The Fineman House
- Built in 1952 by Peter Berndtson and Cornelia Brierly. Peter Berndtson was an Apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright.
- 2 Bedrooms, 1 Full Bath
- Given a plaque by Pittsburgh History & Landmarks in 1989
Currently listed on Zillow for $115,000 (website say offer pending).
Click here to read the post on Next Pittsburgh by Charles Rosenblum about the history of this house and see much better photos of the property.
History of the Fineman House ownership:
- Completed in 1952 for $18,500
- 1991 sold for $50,000
- 2016 listed for $115,000
Pittsburgh is the perfect place for not-too-big and not-too-tiny house
At 1,032 square feet, this is a bit too big to be a tiny house, but a nice right sized house located in the city of Pittsburgh. I thought this New York times article from 2014 on the 700 square foot house makes a great case for living a little bit smaller. I have been thinking that Pittsburgh and the first ring suburbs are perfect for those looking for a not-too-tiny house, there are lots of houses like the Fineman House that are the right size that were built in the 1950 that are just in need of new ownership.
If you are interested in historic architecture of Pittsburgh, join the Pittsburgh Historic Preservation MeetUp group.
Here is another recent article about about a farming project in Stanton Heights…
- Growing Hops in Abandoned Lots? Pittsburgh Will Drink To That (modernfarmer.com)