I love neighborhood signage.  A beautiful artful welcome sign or banner is a good boost for the image of a community and lets visitors know that your part of town welcomes creativity.  If your community doesn’t have one, find your best artists and change that!  Pittsburgh has some good ones, and hopefully more will start sprouting up in the coming years.  On my wish list is a welcome arch for the Strip District, like this one in San Diego’s Gaslamp district.  If Pittsburgh could somehow incorporate the displaced Wholey’s Fish sign into a welcome arch for the Strip, I’d be all for it.  If you have an idea for a new location for the Wholey’s sign, you have until the end of the month to submit.  Here are a few neighborhood signs I photographed in 2013.  I hope to find all of them this year.  Message me on facebook or shoot me an email if you know of a good one!  I’ll be adding more here soon …


Local realtor Tim Fabian recently listed his historic Ross Township farmhouse and invited me over to take pictures.  Tim is also a photographer whose work can be seen in The Steps of Pittsburgh book amongst others.  The house is believed to have been built around 1863.  Although never officially declared an historic landmark, it is included in the book Landmark Architecture of Allegheny County.  The original house consisted of a kitchen with bedroom above, which is now a game room and bedroom.  The first addition to the house was done around 1888, adding the living room, dining room and 3 bedrooms.  Tim & his wife finished the attic, redid the front porch, added a gourmet kitchen, 2 car garage and full bath.  The addition was designed by Penner & Associates Architects.  Here you can see a photo of the original house as shown in the book.  The property is set back from the road and is very private with a huge front yard and lots of wooded land all around.  Just outside of the city, it took me less than 15 minutes to drive there from Lawrenceville.