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Mid-Atlantic Architecture

I have started off this section with 26 photos taken in the South Hills section of Pittsburgh, where I live. This area was mostly hilly forests and rolling farmland until 1900. It was quickly developed as a new suburban area beginning in 1903 when a trolley line was built connecting it to downtown, and by the time a one-mile-long traffic tunnel was constructed through Mt. Washington in 1923, the neighborhoods of Beechview, Brookline, Dormont and northern Mt. Lebanon were already thriving, sought-after communities with many fine examples of Craftsman homes.

Because of the region's harsh winters, many of the houses are Foursquares (tall, square home built mostly of brick, which helps retain heat during the winter months). Still there are many variations. The street where I live is awash with very distinctive styles dating from 1905 to 1920 and includes Tudor-style Craftsmans, foursquares, bungalows, and one of the few true Prairie Style house I've come across in this area.

Other photo pages in the Mid-Atlantic section include:

Rosslyn Farms section (12 photos from an affluent, turn-of-the-century enclave)

Linden Hall section (5 photos of a beautiful, 1911 English Craftsman Tudor mansion. Featured on A&E channel's "America's Castles" program.)

Thumbnails for Pittsburgh's South Hills
House descriptions are at the bottom of this page.

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Photo Guide:

  • A typical American foursquare. I recommend viewing this, especially if you live in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states where these homes are most prevalent.
  • 1. Craftsman Tudor or half-timber (1908-1910)
  • 2. Craftsman half-timber (1908-1910)
  • 3. American foursquare. (1908-1910) Second story bay window is a common feature in foursquares around Pittsburgh.
  • 4. American foursquare (1908-1912)
  • 5. Craftsman Style (1917) Compare the roof line of this house with the roof of the next house, which is on the same street.
  • 6. Craftsman style (1918) This is my house.
  • 7. Front view of my house. For interior photos of my house, visit the "Advice" section where I discuss my personal renovation experiences.
  • 8. An excellent example of Craftsman colonial.
  • 9. A very rare Pittsburgh Prairie style (1915) My neighbor's home, with 6 bedrooms, 4 baths, and enormous fireplaces in the diningroom, livingroom and master bedroom.
  • 10. American foursquare with wraparound porch (circa 1910)
  • 11. Bungalow (late teens)
  • 12. An outstanding bungalow (circa 1908)
  • 13. An excellent, early Craftsman style (circa 1900)
  • 14. Craftsman foursquare (circa 1910)
  • 15. A bad photo of a large, Craftsman home (circa 1910)
  • 16. A stately, late-period Craftsman
  • 17. Bungalow (early teens)
  • 18. A charming, well-kept bungalow (mid-teens)
  • 19. Craftsman half-timber (circa 1910)
  • 20. Bungalow (early 1920's)
  • 21. Craftsman bungalow with Stick style influence (mid-teens)
  • 22. Large, stone Craftsman Colonial (early 1920's)
  • 23. Craftsman style with wraparound porch (mid-teens)
  • 24. Bungalow (early 1920's)
  • 25. Large Craftsman Style (circa 1910)
  • 26. Cottage style (early 1920's)
  • 27. Charming Craftsman home (late teens) Rough concrete stucco and red brick that's been painted white.
  • 28. Foursquare (mid-teens)
  • 29. Foursquare (mid-teens)
  • 30. A gorgeous A&C foursquare (1916) Features irregular red brick and a split grand staircase in oak.
  • 31. Craftsman Tudor (1912)