Update: The City Council Hearing on the historic designation for Roslyn Place is Tuesday May 9, 2017 at 1:30pm in City Council Chambers. The hearing is open to the public and meeting details from the City Clerk’s office are available online here.
I know much has been published about this but thought it was worth a repost because it is a unique historic preservation find in Pittsburgh.
An interesting piece of history and a Pittsburgh fun facts, something that just might help you win a trivia game someday. Roslyn Place, a small dead-end street off Ellsworth in Shadyside is one of a handful of streets left that is still paved in wooden blocks, also know as Nicolson pavement.
Some other recent articles about the Roslyn Place and it’s unique wooden pavement:
- Shadyside’s Roslyn Place a quirky, wood-block Pittsburgh wonder, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 17, 2017
- Surviving On Charm: Pittsburgh’s Last Wooden Street, WESA, May 29, 2015
- The Surprising Story of Pittsburgh’s Last Wooden Street, Pittsburgh Magazine, September 2015
Where else can you find wooden streets?
There are just a few of these wooden streets that still exists…
- Chicago still has a few wood block alleys. (More photos on Forgotten Chicago).
- St. Louis: 10th street between Olive and Locust Streets
- Philadelphia: 200 block of Camac Street
- Cleveland: Hessler Court
May is Preservation Month
If you like Pittsburgh history, you might be interested in reading about these buildings and preservation organizations:
- John Woods House, The Second Oldest House in Pittsburgh
- East Liberty Valley Historic Society
- Schenley High School