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The Parkman Wall, a remarkable feat of engineering!
Parkman avenue lies at the north end of Schenley Farms.
Some Schenley Farms History
submitted by Pat Chew, May, 2015
An interesting and informative article about the development of Schenley Farms and the creation of the historic district:
"Schenley Farms: A Quiet Oakland 'Island' Time Spared," by Jerry Bird, The Pittsburgh Press -- May 23, 1982
A Map of the Architects of Schenley Farms, by Jonathan Daniel
submitted by the SFCA Board, February 22, 2013
This interactive Map of the Architects of the Schenley Farms Residences was created and developed by former Schenley Farms resident, Jonathan Daniel. The map not only aims to identify the architects, year of construction, and original owners of the Schenley Farms Residences, but also serves as a compendium of old pictures and press snippets of the neighborhood.
Click on this link to go directly to the map:
A few thoughts from Jonathan Daniel:
My interest in Schenley Farms began just after a walk-through of 4360 Centre Avenue in 2011. The home was on the market, and I was curious about its architect, its origins, and if it was featured in any early documentation. I also wanted to buy the house. A quick search on Google revealed the house’s architect as Louis Stevens (from a PHLF newsletter), that is was built in 1911 (from clippings in Google News), and that there were plenty of old pictures (from “The Builder” magazine and “Letters from Schenley Farms Dwellers” book). Instantly, I was hooked on the neighborhood and the house. We purchased 4360 Centre in November 2011, fixed it up, and then sadly had to sell the house in June 2013 for new opportunities in Washington, D.C.
After leaving, my interest in Schenley Farms continued: I wanted to know all of the architects of the homes in Schenley Farms. The neighborhood is a concentration of works from prominent Pittsburgh architects of the time—a product of the strict standards set by the developer Francis Nicola—but many of the homes were not formerly identified in one location. Once again, Google did not let me down, and the resulting map not only aims to identify the architects, year of construction, and original owners of the Schenley Farms residences, but also serves as a compendium of old pictures and press snippets of the neighborhood. Some other discoveries came along the way as well, such as commissions from the Mercer Tile Works and the ironworker Samuel Yellin. Four large homes do not exist today, their demolitions driving the designation of Schenley Farms as a National Historic District.
The map continues to evolve, and I welcome submissions and corrections to enrich this resource for the neighborhood’s residents and admirers. Please email these to jonathan.p.daniel [at] gmail [dot] com. Many thanks for help and contributions from residents Mary McDonough and Sue Hughes, and from Martin Aurand at the CMU Architecture Library.
Schenley Farms 1997 House Tour Brochure
Click on a link below to view the Schenley Farms 1997 House Tour Brochure, in low or high resolution:
Schenley Farms House Tour, 1997