Brookline Location Photo Gallery

Brookline Boulevard, 1966.    Brookline Boulevard, 2011.
A view of Brookline Boulevard, taken from the firehouse tower, in 1966 (left) and again in 2011.

Brookline has been on the maps for nearly two centuries. Well, almost. Prior to 1908 it was called West Liberty Borough and Lower St. Clair Township. The first official use of the name "Brookline" was in 1905. Since development began at the turn of the century, the main thoroughfare, once called Knowlson Avenue, has been designated as Brookline Boulevard. The surrounding hills have been known to the inhabitants locally as Brookline since the days following the American Revolution.

Unfortunately, our photographic history dates back only a little over a century. For a good look at what things might have been like back in the days when the Indians were on the warpath and the early settlers sought the protection of the British garrison at Fort Pitt, a trip to the Fort Pitt Museum will reveal what life in the early colonial days was like. It is a fascinating place and the scale models are an excellent trip back in time.

Looking down from Beechview at the intersection of
West Liberty Avenue and Saw Mill Run in 1918.
Looking down from Beechview at the intersection of West Liberty Avenue and Saw Mill Run in 1918.

In these pages, we can take you back as far as the early 1900s. We have compiled a collection of old photographs of the Brookline area from the ten decades of the 20th century. These vintage photos provide us with an interesting look at the similarities, and contrasts, between the past and present. A lot can happen in 100 years!

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Brookline Boulevard Street Scene - 1936    Brookline Boulevard Street Scene - 1936
Street scenes along the 500 block of Brookline Boulevard in 1936.

Woodbourne Avenue, looking northwest
from Oakridge Street in 1924.
Woodbourne Avenue, looking northwest from Oakridge Street in 1924.

A family awaits a trolley at the intersection
of Capital Avenue and West Liberty Avenue in 1915.    Rossmore Avenue in 1925.
A finely-dressed family awaits a trolley at the intersection of Capital and West Liberty Avenue (left) in 1915;
Rossmore Avenue in 1925, shortly before being paved, with a tree standing in the middle of the roadway.

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Nearby Locations In Time

When West Liberty Borough was annexed into the City of Pittsburgh, the former borough was divided into two distinct communities, Beechwood and Brookline. There was no mention at the time of Beechview. How and when did Beechwood become Beechview? The following page attempts to answer that question.

Beechview or Beechwood? Why not Orvilla? (The Untold Story)

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Plummer's Run Creek
The Town Of Reflectorville
The Bell House at Saw Mill Run-1890
Glenbury Street/Saw Mill Run-1895
The Brookline Plumber, 1905
South Hills Junction-1906
Broadway Avenue in Beechview-1906
St Mark's Church-1907
Brookline Elementary School-1909
Brookline Spring/Berkshire Ave-1909
134/136 Brookline Blvd - 1909
Bodkin St/Brookline Blvd - 1909
Timberland/Cadet/Linial Ave-1909
Kerr House-Wenzel/W. Liberty-1909
Brookline Blvd/West Liberty Ave-1909
Berkshire Avenue-1909
Brookside Ave/West Liberty Ave-1910
Brookline Blvd/Chelton Ave-1910
Locations on West Liberty Ave-1912
Stetson St/West Liberty Ave-1912
View Towards The Boulevard-1913
Brookline Blvd/Queensboro Ave-1913
Wenzel Ave/West Liberty Ave-1913
Brookline Blvd/West Liberty Ave-1915
Brookside Ave/West Liberty Ave-1915
Saw Mill Run/West Liberty Ave-1915
Pioneer Ave/West Liberty Ave-1915
Knowlson Methodist Church-1915
Harley Moving & Hauling-1915
Pittsburgh Coal Company-1915
Beinhauer Funeral Home-1915

West Liberty News Agency-1916
Pioneer Ave/Berkshire Ave-1916
Beaufort Ave/Gallion Ave-1916
West Liberty Ave/Pioneer Ave-1918
Oakridge St/Chelton Ave-1919
Creedmoor Avenue-1919
1900 Whited Street-1920s
Sussex Avenue-1921
Fleming Place Plan-1921
Fordham Avenue-1921
Saranac Ave/West Liberty Ave-1922
Brookline Blvd/Castlegate Ave-1924
Brookline Blvd/Queensboro Ave-1924
Brookline Blvd at Pioneer Ave-1924
Pioneer Ave/West Liberty Ave-1924
Bayridge Avenue-1924
Creedmoor Avenue-1924
Freedom Avenue-1924
Woodbourne Avenue-1924
Berkshire Avenue-1924
Chelton Avenue-1925
Saw Mill Run/West Liberty Ave-1925
Rossmore Avenue-1925
Wedgemere Avenue-1925
Gallion Avenue-1925
Berwin/Birtley/Wolford-1925
840 Bellaire Avenue-1925
1042 Bellaire Avenue-1927
Edgebrook Avenue-1928
Golf Driving Range-1930
South Hills Coal Company-1930

Lost Subdivision of Brookdale (1925-1985)

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Railroads That Operated In Brookline

Learn the history of the Pittsburgh And Castle Shannon Railroad (1871-1912), the Wabash Pittsburgh Terminal Railway (1904-1916), the Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railroad (1916-1988) and the current Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad (1990-present). These railroads have operated the freight trains that run along Saw Mill Run and Library Road.

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The Tunnel View Hotel at the corner of
Saw Mill Run and West Liberty Avenue in 1925.    Twin-Tube Auto Service and Repair near the corner of
Saw Mill Run and West Liberty Avenue in 1925.
Two businesses, the Tunnel View Hotel and Twin-Tube Auto Repair and Blacksmith Shop, both located
at the intersection of Saw Mill Run Boulevard and West Liberty Avenue in 1925.


Fordham Avenue, looking towards the intersection with Queensboro Avenue, in 1921.

This home once stood at the corner of
Whited Street and Saw Mill Run Boulevard,
where the trailer park stands today.    Berkshire Avenue in 1924.
The home on the left once stood at the corner of Whited Street (Oak Street) and Saw Mill Run Creek.
On the right is a view of Berkshire Avenue from Queensboro Avenue in 1925.

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Brookline Elementary School-1930
Oak Elementary School-1930
Glenarm Avenue-2400 Block-1930
Oakridge St-1300 Block-1930s
Library Road/Saw Mill Run Road-1930
Queensboro Avenue-1933
Chelton Avenue-1933
Brookline Blvd at Glenarm Ave-1933
Brookline Blvd near Flatbush-1933
Sussex Avenue-1933
Saw Mill Run/Whited Street-1934
Boulevard Reconstruction - 1935
248/250-218/220 Aidyl Ave-1935
424/414 Brookline Blvd-1935
Brookline Blvd near Glenarm Ave-1936
Brookline Memorial Park-1936
Alice M. Carmalt School-1937
Howard's Service Station-1941
Seaton Street/Creedmoor Place-1941
1700 Saw Mill Run Blvd-1945/1954
Moore Park Pool-1946
Altmar Street-1946
742 Brookline Boulevard-1947
L.J. Weet Company-1948
Eat 'n Park Restaurant-1949
Downtown Pontiac-1950
Boulevard Theatre-1950
Eben Street-1950
Breining St at Eben St-1953
D'Alessandro Cadillac-1955

Brookline Blvd/Breining St-1956
Whited Street/Jacob Street-1957
612 Brookline Boulevard-1958
Berkshire Avenue - 1960
Northcrest Drive - 1960
Joe Loy Tire Service - 1960
Breining St/Oakridge St-1963
Shire St/Breining St-1963
Ballinger St/Whited St-1963
Northcrest Dr/Pioneer Ave-1963
Oakridge St-1200 Block-1963
Brookline Blvd-700 Block-1966
The Old Trolley Loop-1966
Brookline Blvd near Whited St-1966
Brookline Blvd at Pioneer Ave-1966
Birchland St/Brookline Blvd-1966
531 Brookline Blvd-1970
Ralph Book Chevrolet-1970
Daleview St/Briggs St-1974
Benson Lincoln Mercury-1974
The Mazza Pavilion-1981
The Reed Building-1995
McDonalds and Wendys
Brookline Blvd/Pioneer Ave-2000
The Brookline Library-2003
Creedmoor Court Apartments-2004
The Mazza Pavilion-2012
Boulevard Reconstruction 1-2013/2014
Boulevard Reconstruction 2-2013/2014
The Friary/Castlegate Ave-2018

Random Brookline Street Scenes

Aidyl Avenue to Freedom Avenue     Gallion Avenue to Woodward Avenue     Brookline Boulevard     Saw Mill Run Boulevard     West Liberty Avenue (1909-1913)     West Liberty Avenue (1915)     West Liberty Avenue (1916-1950)

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The intersection of West Liberty Avenue
and Pioneer Avenue (right) in 1915.    Kilgore's Used Car Sales on West Liberty Avenue in 1950.
A street scene at the intersection of West Liberty Avenue and Pioneer Avenue in 1915 (left);
Kilgore's Used Car Sales at 1545 West Liberty Avenue in 1950.


A customer pulling out of Ed Seebacher's Sunoco service station, located at the Brookline Junction, in 1936.

West Liberty Avenue near the
intersection with Pauline - 1951.    The original Eat 'N Park Restaurant
on Saw Mill Run Boulevard in 1949.
West Liberty Avenue near the intersection with Pauline Avenue in 1951 (left) and the original
Eat'n Park restaurant
, pictured in 1949, located on Saw Mill Run Boulevard in Overbrook.

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531 Brookline Boulevard - 1970

These photos show the house that once stood at 531 Brookline Boulevard, at the corner of Wedgemere Avenue, across from the United Methodist Church. The pictures were taken in 1970, shortly before the home was razed. They show the house from several angles, and what a fine old structure it was.

531 Brookline Boulevard - 1970.

531 Brookline Boulevard - 1970.    531 Brookline Boulevard - 1970.

531 Brookline Boulevard - 1970.    531 Brookline Boulevard - 1970.

This grand home was one of the original houses built along the Boulevard, and throughout the years was the location of a doctor and dentist's office. For nearly two decades before being torn down, it was the location of Dr. William Kluber MD and Dr. Charles J. Hoover DDS.

After the house was removed, Dr. Kluber and Dr. Hoover moved their office to the 700 block of Brookline Boulevard, next to the old Carnegie Library location. The two doctors had a long-standing relationship with the Brookline community and continued their practice for several years. A 1956 listing of Boulevard merchants lists Dr. Kluber and Dr. Hoover at the old home at 531 Brookline Boulevard.

The Sunoco station at 531 Brookline Boulevard - 2013.

In addition to the corner home, the house next door was also demolished to clear enough space to build the convenience store and Sunoco gas station that has stood now for over thirty years.

* Thanks to Rich Cummings for providing photos and information on 531 Brookline Boulevard *

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Do You Have Any Old Photos?

If anyone has any old photos of Brookline that they would would like to share with us and
have presented here, please contact us via our
guestbook located on the homepage.
You can also post a message to our
Brookline Connection Facebook Page.

Queensboro Avenue - 1933.
Queensboro Avenue, shown in 1933, looking from Woodbourne Avenue up the hill to Bay Ridge Avenue and beyond.

This home, shown here in 1909, stood at the
intersection of Brookline Boulevard and Pioneer
Avenue. It was moved to the corner of Berkshire
Avenue and Pioneer in 1935. The home was razed in
1999 during the construction of the CVS Pharmacy.    Homes along Glenarm Avenue, near the
intersection with Rossmore in 1930.
A home at the intersection of Brookline Boulevard and Pioneer Avenue (left), shown in 1909. The home was moved
to the corner of Berkshire and Pioneer in 1935. It was razed in 1999; Homes along Glenarm Avenue in 1930.

A Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railroad train
passes by Whited Street at Jacob Street - 1957.
A Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railroad train passes over the Whited Street tressel at Jacob Street in 1957.

The Brookline Junction, at West Liberty
Avenue and Brookline Boulevard, in March 1915.    The corner of West Liberty Avenue and Capital in 1915.
The building stands were the BP Gas Station is today.
The Brookline Junction in March 1915 (left) and the intersection of West Liberty and Capital in June 1916.

The Boron gas station at the corner of
Sussex and McNeilly Road in the 1970s.
This is the Boron gas station that stood at the corner of Capital Avenue and West Liberty Avenue
in the 1970s. A British Petroleum (BP) gas station currently occupies this spot.

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Fast-Food Restaurants

West Liberty Avenue has the dubious distinction of being the Auto Dealership Capital of Pittsburgh. It also is the scene of the local fast-food franchise wars. Wendy's opened across the street from Belle Isle Avenue, in 1974, and McDonalds followed at the corner of Wenzell Avenue in 1981.

Although both restaurants are located on the Beechview side of West Liberty Avenue, the fast-food giants have been doing battle for the hearts and pallates of Brookliners for over thirty years. Aside from a Hardees that had a brief run along Saw Mill Run Boulevard in the 1970s, Wendys and McDonalds have been the only two national fast-food burger joints within walking distance of Brookliners.

Wendys on West Liberty Avenue    McDonalds on West Liberty Avenue.
A Double with cheese, Fries and a Frosty ... or a Quarter Pounder with Fries and a Coke?

To the disdain of some and the delight of others, the community of Brookline has never fallen prey to the franchise wars, unless you consider the inordinate amount of Wendy's and McDonalds paper trash that persistently litters our streets. If you want a good burger right here in Brookline, try the Moonlite Cafe or the Boulevard Lounge. That's the ticket!

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Homes along the rolling hills of Brookline - 2011.

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