Old Allegheny West

December 13, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

This weekend my wife and I took a "Victorian Christmas" house tour in a section of the north side of Pittsburgh known as "Allegheny West". I naturally took some photos of the area - most of which did not turn out great since I was using my phone. (When will I learn to bring my camera for things like this?)

The area is full of historic row houses, many of which have been gorgeously remodeled and decorated inside. Other parts of Allegheny West contain impressive mansions that remind you of the wealth that was generated by the city's industries. 

It occurred to me that one nice shot that I took of a series of row houses probably captures an image that hasn't changed for many many years. Rather than keeping the shot as-is, I decided to have some fun with Lightroom presets. I applied some sharpening and other enhancement presets, and then used an "antique" preset that essentially applied a sepia tone to the whole photo, making it look like an image from long ago:


Old AlleghenyOld AlleghenyA charming street in the Allegheny West section of the north side of Pittsburgh.


This photo was taken in 2015, but it looks like it came from the early 20th century.

That's what I was going for, anyway. You may disagree.

Anyway, if you find yourself in Pittsburgh, and you get a chance to tour the homes of Allegheny West, you should do it. You'll be transported to another time, to the days of yesteryear, to experience a way of living from a by-gone era.

Or something.

Seriously, it's pretty cool - I recommend it.



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