Saturday, August 11
1:00 to 2:30 PM
Explore the heart of the East Liberty Commercial Historic District with a PHLF docent. On this tour you’ll learn the history of the neighborhood that was once considered Pittsburgh’s “second downtown.” You’ll see sites such as the sole surviving historic theater in what used to be an entertainment district with seven movie houses. You’ll find traces of the city’s largest urban renewal project during the Pittsburgh Renaissance in the 1960s, when almost a third of the commercial core was demolished to make way for an outdoor pedestrian mall. This tour will show that today, East Liberty is once again experiencing change as new development is evident around every corner. Come explore the visible layers of history in this resilient neighborhood and discover how old buildings are being creatively reused for new purposes.
Trade Street in front of Motor Square Garden [5900 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15206]
East Liberty Presbyterian Church (116 S. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206)
Cost: PHLF Members: $10 Non-members: $35
Parking is available in the Eastside Shopping Center area near the Whole Foods.
The tour is handicap accessible. The Ace Hotel has a wheelchair lift but not a ramp – there are fewer than 10 steps to get inside the Hotel. The Teenie Harris photo gallery is along the hotel stairwell, but a few of the photographs can be seen from the main floor. We will be walking on mostly flat land. There is a slight uphill section walking from Centre Avenue through the East Side Bond Pedestrian Plaza to view the new East Liberty Transit Station (you are given a choice to use a ramp or about 10 steps).