Does a building have a soul? And once it is empty of people, does it still have a story to tell? Abandoned Pittsburgh: Gears and Ghosts
continues the series that seeks to explore the Steel City’s industrial past. Locations in this second volume include Connelley Trade School, Engine House No. 16 (believed to be the oldest firehouse in the city), the Garden Theater (and its sordid past), the crumbling Layton Bridge, Homestead Municipal Building (believed to be one of the most haunted buildings in the city), and the foreboding Western Penitentiary.
||6 ¾ × 9 ¾ inches
||15 May 2018
||189 colour photographs
Chuck Beard is founder of the Abandoned Pittsburgh Gallery, which opened November 2016 in Pittsburgh’s historic Homestead Municipal Building. He is art director at Pittsburgh Magazine and a prolific photographer in artistic and journalistic media. His ongoing Abandoned Pittsburgh project has led to research into and exploration of twenty-plus historic locations in the Pittsburgh area, including Carrie Furnace, Westinghouse Atom Smasher, Duquesne Steel Works, Overholt Distillery, and the Western Pennsylvania Penitentiary. The project documents the Steel City's forgotten industrial and community sites where "beauty in decay" still exists. He lives in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.