All posts by Bill Gandy

A Brief & Early History of Spring Hill Gardens

Apr 16, 2015 | | 3 comments

Spring Hill Gardens Apartment complex was built on a 8.5 acre sight overlooking Northside located between Buenta & Varley Streets.  It opened on May 1, 1959.  The development was originally intended for those displaced by Federal Urban Renewal projects to provide housing for middle income residents.  People who’s neighborhoods were wiped out by construction projects. … read more

A Brief History of Northview Heights – 1960’s

Apr 13, 2015 | | 65 comments

I have very fond memories of Northview Heights.  My family moved to 883 Mt. Pleasant Road in Northview Heights from Howard Street in 1968.   Lamar/Williams Street ran across our back yard leading to Penfort Street going West, and the Northside Drive-In going East.  In the fall we had a clear shot from the back … read more

The Old Penitentiary in West Park – A Brief History

Apr 3, 2015 | | 3 comments

The Western Penitentiary was established as a result of pressure from The Philadelphia Society of Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisoners.  In August of 1818 Legislators granted the Commonwealth 10 acres of Allegheny Town, the easterly line facing the West Commons, 200 feet above Ohio Street for construction of a penitentiary.  A grey, Norman style, … read more

Uncovering a Lost Incline – The Ridgewood

Mar 31, 2015 | | 5 comments

Everyone in Pittsburgh knows about the the Mon and Duquesne inclines.  Few knew that Northside had a several inclines during it’s Allegheny City incarnation.  This is recent knowledge to even myself.  I was blown away when I found this out, so I did an internet search to try to find out more.  There seemed to … read more

A Brief & Early History of North Charles Street – Pleasant Valley

Mar 28, 2015 | | 3 comments

As a child in the 1970’s, I remember riding the 19c City View to Allegheny Center Mall.  After crossing the Swindell Bridge, the bus went into the Valley of Charles Street.  In the 70’s I recall that area being filled with extremely old homes, especially at the bottom.  I’ve also walked through the area, and … read more

Inclines of Allegheny City

Mar 9, 2015 | | 7 comments

The Pittsburgh landscape is famous for it’s hills, stadiums and triangular shape formed by the confluence.  It is also synonymous with the Duquesne and Mon inclines.  They both connect Mt. Washington to downtown.  Did you know that the Northside also had at 3 Inclines (4 if you count the Ridgewood which was moved) during it’s … read more

ACHG’s young publicist Willy James gets the word out!

Jan 11, 2015 | | Say something

It seems as if the Allegheny City Historic Gallery is appearing everywhere at the moment.  This is thanks to the clever tactics and hard work of 20 year old publicist Willy James.  So far stories of the gallery appear in The Northside Chronicle, NEXTpittsburgh, The Pittsburgh City Paper & The Pittsburgh Post Gazette.   Most recently … read more

ACHG finds great postcard collection

Dec 17, 2014 | | 2 comments

Many of the best historic collections come from current and former residents of the Northside/Allegheny City.  Northside photographers like Bob Rathke, Betty Muschar, Bonnie Gilbert, Kim Gandy and more has provided us with priceless views of Northside, many of which were displayed on Facebook.  There are others, like Terry Mowery who have an impressive collection … read more