Random Brookline Street Scenes
Aidyl Avenue to Freedom Avenue
Gallion Avenue to Woodward Avenue
Saw Mill Run Boulevard
West Liberty Avenue (1909-1913)
West Liberty Avenue (1915)
West Liberty Avenue (1916-1950)
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 Avenue in 1951 (left) and the original
Eat'n Park restaurant,
pictured in 1949, located on Saw Mill Run Boulevard in Overbrook.
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.
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.
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 *
Whatever Happened To 82 Daleview Street?
Take a ride up Breining Street, past Carmalt School.
Not far past the school you pass Groveland on the right. Rather than continue straight
onto Glenbury and down the hill towards Rt 51, you make a left turn onto what appears to
be a side street, but is actually still Breining. You head down the short hill
and around the bend to the right. You are now at the beginning of Briggs Street,
heading towards the intersection with Aaron Street.
Most people wouldn't know it but, as they
passed the jersey barriers that sit at the bend in the road, they had just passed
what was at one time the three-way intersection of Breining and Briggs Streets. For
almost fifty years, you could have made a left turn onto a long forgotten section of
Briggs that took you to the intersection with another long forgotten section of
Brookline real estate, Daleview Street.
The home on the left was located at 82
Daleview Street, and the street on the right is a part of Briggs Street.
The home on Daleview Street and this section of Briggs Street were in the lost
subplot known as Brookdale.
The homes and streets in this area were abandoned, and are now part of
Brookline Park greenway.
Many years ago, this wooded section of
Brookline was slated for residential development. An entire network of roadways was
planned. Four homes were built and additional lots laid out. The winds of change,
however, blew in a different direction. In the years to come, the land that was to
be dotted with roadways and homes became the greenway section of the sixty acre
city park known as Brookline Memorial.
What is now woodland on city maps once
listed roadways with names like Dom Way, Georgette Way, Drew Way, Greyfox Way,
Oakridge Street, Brookdale Street, Palmton Street, Cortina Street and Daleview Street.
Briggs Street actually continued non-stop from Breining all the way to the intersection
of Brookline Boulevard and Birchland Street. The terrain was steep hills with a
stream running east-west through a long and steadily deepening ravine.
These were truly ambitious plans.
Flashback to the early 1940s. Industry in
Pittsburgh was booming and the population was steadily increasing. In an effort to
feed the burgeoning housing market, and with an eye on the impending sale of the
twenty-acre Anderson Farm, developers saw an opportunity to expand into the forty
acre wooded ravine that ran eastwards towards Saw Mill Run. The adjacent twenty
acres of farmland, which occupied the prime space between Breining Street and
Brookline Boulevard, was a key to this plan.
In anticipation of future access, Oakridge,
Daleview and Cortina and Sunbeam Streets and were laid out and paved. Development
began in 1940. This new section of Brookline was refered to on maps as Brookdale.
Access to the Brookdale Plan was provided by a short extension of Briggs Street
on one end, and Sunbeam Street on the other.
Daleview Street was located halfway
down the Briggs extension and ran parallel to Oakridge. Making a right turn off
Briggs would lead both streets to an intersection at Cortina, then Sunbeam brought
them back to Briggs a block further down the road. Making a left turn off Briggs
onto either Oakridge or Daleview would lead to a dead end where the land abutted
the Anderson Farm.
Brookline Map - 1940
The house at 82 Daleview was built by
Elmer J. Hadley in 1941. Elmer was a long-time employee of Duquesne Light Company.
Along with the Hadleys, four other families built homes in the area, three on Oakridge
(Gessip, Pilarksi and Miller households) and another at 95 Daleview.
Shortly after, in May of 1947, plans for
further development ceased when the Anderson Farm was sold to the Brookline Community
Center Association for use as a park. In 1969, the home at 82 Daleview and all
remaining lots along Oakridge and Daleview were acquired by the city of Pittsburgh
as part of a forty acre enlargement of Brookline Memorial Park.
By 1982, only the Hadley house remained standing.
The other properties had long since been vacated and torn down. That was the year that
the home's final resident, Sally Hadley-Aul, moved out and turned the property over to
the city. Mrs. Aul had been living there since 1969 on a special lease agreement. The
house was razed in 1985.
Today, only bits and pieces of asphalt and
concrete remain. The exact location of 82 Daleview Street is difficult to find.
The bulldozer and the plant life have all but erased any signs of
Brookline Map - 1997
Compare the 1997 map with the one from
1940. Note the difference in the area that today is labeled Brookline Park. The map
from yesteryear shows the tentative plans for development of the forty acres that
are now the backwoods greenway of the park.
Final Note on Brookdale: The 1940s maps show
the Pittsburgh Railways right-of-way that ran east to west through the wooded valley
floor to a connection with the main rail line that ran along Route 51. In 1905
a single track line was laid with a connection to the rails at Saw Mill Run.
The service lasted only a year. The track was abandoned soon afterwards and
the track was looped at the 1400 block of Brookline Boulevard. The Port
Authority retained ownership of the remote right-of-way until 1969 when the
land was acquired by the city of Pittsburgh.
Brookdale - 2012
* Thanks to Randy Aul for
providing photos and information on 82 Daleview Street *
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Queensboro Avenue, shown in 1933, looking from
Woodbourne Avenue up the hill to Bay Ridge Avenue and beyond.
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 over the Whited Street tressel at Jacob Street in 1957.
The Brookline Junction in March 1915 (left)
and the intersection of West Liberty and Capital in June 1916.
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
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.
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!