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Alpha Terrace

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1880–1890s, attributed to James T. Steen. 700 block N. Beatty St., East Liberty
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

These two dozen row houses create a kind of private green between Stanton and Hayes avenues. The houses on the east side are in Queen Anne style of stone and wood, and those on the west side are Romanesque Revival of stone. On both sides, the uniform height is punctuated and enlivened by spires, miniature towers, and large gables. A building permit was granted to house builders Murphy and Hamilton for the west side of the terrace in June 1894, by which time the east side had stood for half a decade. James Steen is traditionally regarded as having designed both sides. Uniform terraces like this were once fairly common in the East End, and this survivor is still effective as a visual and social anchor to the neighborhood.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Alpha Terrace", [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 111-111.

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