New Historical Photographs of Pittsburgh added to the Brady Stewart Collection Website – Vol. 10

We added 15 new images to the Brady Stewart Collection Archive web site and created a new Gallery – New Images added in December 2011. The new images can be viewed at   Moving forward, I will create a new image Gallery for each month.  This should make it easier to view the new imaged added each month.  At the same time, I will move a copy of the new image into its related Gallery.   All images in the blog are copyrighted by Brady Stewart Studio Inc.  If you are interested in downloading an image or to purchase a print, please contact Brady Stewart Studio by phone (412.999.0538) or email

New Images for December 1, 2011:

The New Alcoa Building

1.  Buildings and Architecture:  Two images of the new Alcoa Building in 1953.  One of the images includes the demolition of the People’s Gas Building to make room for Mellon Square (1955).  The Alcoa Building was unique in many ways; a radiant heating and cooling system is contained in the ceiling. Since there are no pipes, radiators, or air conditioning units along the exterior walls, an additional 15,000 square feet of rentable space was gained. Windows rotate 360 degrees so they can be washed from the inside.   The aluminum walls of the building are 1/8 inch thick, which gives the building a very light weight and economical design. It was the first skyscraper with an all-aluminum facade.

2.  Pittsburgh Businesses:  We added three images of the Gateway Clipper Fleet when it was moored next to the Monongahela Wharf.  The business was founded by John E. Connelly and consists of a fleet of riverboats The fleet cruises the three rivers of Pittsburgh and hosts parties, tours and provides river transportation to sporting events. The fleet is named after the city, which in earlier times was known as the “Gateway to the West”. The original riverboat, the Gateway Clipper, set sail in 1958 (Image of the first boat is in the Gallery named “Pittsburgh Area Businesses”.

The New Gateway Center

3. Pittsburgh Point Photographs:  We added three new images of the Point during the Gateway Center Construction.  The three views of the construction from the South Side are unique to the Collection.  The images were taken in the early morning by staff photographer, Ross Catanza.

Frick Park in Pittsburgh

4. Pittsburgh City Views:  We added 6 new images of two of the largest city parks in the Oakland-area of Pittsburgh.  We included two of Schenley Park and four of Frick Park.  Schenley Park became a reality when in 1889, Mary Schenley gave the city 300 acres of Mt. Airy Tract with an option to purchase 120 more, provided the park be named after her and never sold. The city bought the extra acres in 1891, and later purchased some adjoining land to complete the park.  The park system was a project developed by then Director of  Public Works, Edward Bigelow.  Schenley Park underwent a second period of growth in the 1930s and 1940s during Ralph Griswold’s tenure as the Director of Public Works. These images were taken after the second period of growth – 1952.

When Henry Clay Frick died in 1919, he bequeathed to the city 151 acres south of his Point Breeze mansion and provided a $2 million trust fund to help create the park and assist with its long-term maintenance. The city began moving in earnest to create the park in 1925, when it acquired 190 additional acres, presumably with the goal to create a park of similar size and scope to Schenley and Highland Parks. The park officially opened in 1927.  Innocenti and Webel, among the most respected landscape architects working in the United States, who made the greatest impact on the park. Their work from 1935 to 1957 involved designing more trails, planning for structures, and ordering green spaces and plantings.  The four images were taken during this time – 1952.

The new images can be viewed at  All images in the blog are copyrighted by Brady Stewart Studio Inc.  If you are interested in downloading an image or to purchase a print, please contact Brady Stewart Studio by phone (724.554.9813) or email

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