Brookline Street Scenes
(Aidyl to Freedom)

The Brookline Elementary School Garden in 1916.
Students from Brookline Elementary work in the school garden, located between Rossmore and Gallion Avenues, in 1916.
During recess, they grew produce for lunches. The excess was donated to food kitchens or sold to local merchants.
Brookline was the first Pittsburgh public school to have a garden. The practice soon spread throughout the city.
Into the 1950s, schools like Brookline and West Liberty Elementary still had student maintained gardens.

A great place to view vintage photos of Pittsburgh and it's many communities is through the University of Pittsburgh online digital archive. There are over 300 photos of Brookline, and most of them have been used on this website. There is also a zoom feature, which allows a more detailed glimpse of different locations in each photo. Shown here are the zoom-ins of images already posted on the Brookline Connection. One master photo can be made into multiple separate images. Shown here are the pictures within the pictures.

Residential development began to take hold in Brookline in the early 1900s. The first housing plans were the Fleming Place Plan, the Hughey Farms Plan and the Paul Place Plan. By the 1920s the neighborhood had grown considerably, and the need for better infrastructure and roads led the city to embark upon a massive project to upgrade it's outlying communities. Many of these photos show Brookline streets during this modernization effort. The photos give a good glimpse into what residential life was like in the early years of the 20th century.

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Aidyl Avenue

Homes along Aidyl Avenue in 1935    Homes along Aidyl Avenue in 1935.
Homes along Aidyl Avenue in 1935. The picture on the left shows the Advent Episcopal Church and the
Grace Lutheran Church. The photo on the right shows the Fleming estate, which sits on the land
that is now the site of St. Pius X Church and Brookline Regional Catholic School.
The Grace Lutheran Church is now the Pittsburgh Baptist Church.

Homes along Aidyl Avenue in 1921.
A view of homes along Aidyl Avenue, taken from Vodelli Street in Beechview, in 1921. Also visible are homes along
Pioneer Avenue and the Fleming Estate to the right. The Fleming's once owned all of this land. The Oyer estate
is at the bottom left, and above the home stands the small shed at the 39-Brookline Fleming Car Stop.

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Amman Street

Homes on Amman Street in 1916.    Homes on Amman Street in 1935.
Homes along Amman Street, as viewed from West Liberty Avenue in 1916 (left), and from Pioneer Avenue in 1935.

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Bayridge Avenue

Bayridge Avenue northwest of Stebbins - 1924.    Bayridge Avenue between Queensboro and Stebbins - 1924.
Bayridge Avenue northwest of Stebbins Avenue (left), and between Queensboro and Stebbins (right), in 1924.

 

Bayridge Avenue at the corner of Stebbins - 1924.    Bayridge Avenue at the corner of Stebbins - 1924.
Two views of homes at the intersection of Bayridge Avenue and Stebbins Avenue in 1924.
A woman watches two children at play from her back porch in the photo to the right.

 

Bayridge Avenue northwest of Stebbins - 1924.    Bayridge Avenue between Queensboro and Stebbins - 1924.
Bayridge Avenue northwest of Stebbins (left), and between Queensboro and Stebbins (right), in 1924.

 

Bayridge Avenue looking northwest towards Stebbins - 1924.    Bayridge Avenue looking northwest towards Stebbins - 1924.
Two views of Bayridge Avenue, looking northwest towards the intersection with Stebbins Avenue, in 1924.

 

Homes on Bayridge Avenue northwest of Stebbins Avenue - 1924.    Homes on Bayridge Avenue northwest of Stebbins Avenue - 1924.
Homes along Bayridge Avenue, northwest of Stebbins Avenue, in 1924.

 

Bayridge Avenue looking towards Stebbins Avenue - 1924.    Bayridge Avenue looking towards Castlegate Avenue - 1924.
Bayridge Avenue, looking towards Stebbins Avenue (left) and Castlegate Avenue (right), in 1924.

 

Bayridge Avenue looking towards Stebbins Avenue - 1924.
Homes along Bayridge Avenue, between Queensboro and Stebbins Avenues, in 1924.

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Beaufort Avenue

A home at the corner of Beaufort and Gallion Avenues - 1916.    Beaufort Avenue going uphill from Gallion Avenue - 1916.
A home on the corner of Beaufort Avenue and Gallion Avenue (left), and Beaufort rising from Gallion, in 1916.
The children to the left are standing in the Brookline Elementary School garden.

 

A home at the corner of Beaufort and Gallion Avenues - 1916.    Beaufort Avenue home near the intersection with Metz Way - 1924.
A Beaufort Avenue home on the corner of Gallion Avenue (left) in 1916, and another near Metz Way in 1924.

 

A homemade ice skating rink at 2324 Beaufort Avenue.
A homemade ice skating rink in the backyard of Walt Speicher's home at 2324 Beaufort Avenue in the early-1960s.

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Bellaire Avenue

Bellaire Avenue homes near Flatbush Avenue in 1916.    Homes on the 1000 block of Bellaire Avenue,
as seen from Creedmoor Avenue, in 1916.
Homes along Bellaire Avenue, near the intersection with Flatbush (left), in 1916, and a view
of the 1000 block of Bellaire Avenue, as seen from Creedmoor Avenue, in 1919.

Bellaire Avenue in 1938.
A snowy scene on Bellaire Avenue, looking towards Flatbush in 1938.

Snow on Bellaire Avenue in 1938.    Getting a sled ride on Bellaire Avenue in 1938.
Having fun in the snow along the 800 block of Bellaire Avenue in 1938.

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Bellaire Place, Brookline Boulevard and Milan Avenue

The Anderson farm and homes on Brookline Boulevard,
Bellaire Place and Milan Avenue in 1936.    Homes on Brookline Boulevard, Bellaire
Place and Milan Avenue in 1936.
The Anderson farmhouse (left) and homes along Brookline Boulevard, Bellaire Place and Milan Avenue in 1936.

 

Homes on Brookline Boulevard, Bellaire
Place and Milan Avenue in 1936.    Homes on Brookline Boulevard, Bellaire
Place and Milan Avenue in 1936.
A view of homes along Brookline Boulevard, Bellaire Place and Milan Avenue in 1936.

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Bellaire Place

A 1926 look at Brookline Boulevard from Whited
Street looking east towards Breining with
a view of Bellaire Place in the foreground.
A 1926 look at the lower end of Brookline Boulevard, taken from Whited Street, looking east towards Breining Street,
with a view of Bellaire Place in the foreground. Homes along Oakridge Street can be seen in the distance.

 

A view of Bellaire Place and the intersection
with Birchland Street in 1957. Patricia McGibbeny.    A view of Bellaire Place near the intersection
with Birchland Street in 1957. Elva McGibbeny.
Two views of Bellaire Place, at the intersection with Birchland Street, in 1957.

 

Homes at 1322 and 1320 Bellaire Place - 1965.
Mickey White and Danny McGibbeny.    Winter sledding at Bellaire Place
and Birchland Street in 1965.
Homes at 1322 and 1320 Bellaire Place (left), and winter sledding at Bellaire Place and Birchland Street, in 1965.

 

A view of 1322 Bellaire Place looking west in 1959.    Children and their dogs in the backyard
of 1322 Bellaire Place in 1972.
Three kids in the front yard of 1322 Bellaire Place in 1959 (left) and children with their dogs in the backyard in 1972.

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Belle Isle Avenue

A wagon at the intersection of West Liberty
Avenue and Belle Isle Avenue in 1915.    Homes along Belle Isle Avenue in 1915.
A wagon stands at the intersection of West Liberty Avenue and Belle Isle Avenue (left) and Belle Isle homes in 1915.

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Berkshire Avenue

Berkshire Avenue, looking from Castlegate, in 1923.    A man does yard work at his Berkshire Avenue home in 1923.
A view of Berkshire Avenue, from Castlegate Avenue (left), and a man doing yard work in 1923.

 

Homes along Berkshire Avenue - 1923.    Homes along Berkshire Avenue - 1924.
Homes along Berkshire Avenue near Stebbins Avenue in 1923 (left), and near Freedom Avenue in 1924.

 

Berkshire Avenue approaching Oakridge in 1924.    Berkshire Avenue at Sussex Avenue in 1924.
A view of Berkshire Avenue looking towards Oakridge Street (left), and at the intersection with Sussex Avenue, in 1924.

 

Homes along Berkshire AVenue in 1924.    Homes along Berkshire AVenue in 1924.
Homes along Berkshire Avenue, between Freedom Avenue and Oakridge Street, in 1924.

 

Homes along Berkshire AVenue in 1924.    A Berkshire Avenue home near the
intersection with Freedom Avenue in 1924.
Berkshire Avenue homes, near the intersection with Freedom Avenue, in 1924.

 

The brick roadway on Berkshire Avenue, shown here
in 1923, was built to last the test of time.    The brick roadway on Berkshire Avenue, shown here
in 1923, was built to last the test of time.
The brick roadway along Berkshire Avenue, shown here in 1923, was built to stand the test of time.

 

The sidewalk along Berkshire Avenue, as seen
from Castlegate Avenue, in 1923.    The sidewalk along Berkshire Avenue, as seen
from Castlegate Avenue, in 1923.
Both sides of the Berkshire Avenue sidewalk, as seen from Castlegate Avenue, in 1923.

 

New home construction on Berkshire Avenue,
near Sussex Avenue, in 1924.    A vintage automobile parked in front
of a Berkshire Avenue home in 1924.
New home construction (left) and a vintage automobile parked in front of a Berkshire Avenue home, near Sussex, in 1924.

 

The signpost at Berkshire Avenue
and Pioneer Avenue in 1916.    A vintage automobile parked in front of a Berkshire
Avenue home near the intersection with Freedom in 1924.
The signpost at Berkshire and Pioneer Avenues in 1916 (left) and a vintage automobile near Freedom Avenue in 1924.

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Berwin Avenue

A view of Berwin, Beaufort and Wolford Avenues,
as seen from Rossmore Avenue, in 1925.    A boy and his sister at the intersection of
Berwin and Birtley Avenues in 1939.
Don and Carol Sayenga.
A view of Berwin, Beaufort and Wolford Avenues, as seen from Rossmore Avenue, in 1925 (left), and
a young boy pulls his sister in a wagon at the intersection of Berwin and Birtley Avenues in 1939.

 

A snowball battle in front of a Berwin Avenue home in 1940.
Kids having a snowball battle in the front yard at 1002 Berwin Avenue in 1940.

For an interesting site with memories of the Berwin-Beaufort-Birtley area from the 1940s,
visit
The Short Cut, a page built by friends from that section of Brookline.

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Brookline Boulevard

A view of the Brookline Boulevard sidewalk
approaching Queensboro Avenue in 1910.    Two homes near the intersection of Flatbush Avenue in 1916.
The Brookline Boulevard sidewalk approaching Queensboro Avenue in 1910 (left). At this point in time there are no
buildings to the left, just a hillside leading to the alley. On the right are homes near Flatbush Avenue in 1916.

 

The intersection of Brookline Boulevard and
Flatbush Avenue, with a billboard advertising
new home sales in the Brookline area - 1916..    A home along Brookline Boulevard near Stebbins Avenue
looking towards Glenarm Avenue in 1916.
The intersection of Brookline Boulevard and Flatbush Avenue (left), with a 1916 Freehold Real Estate billboard
announcing "This is Brookline." On the right is a new home across from Stebbins Avenue, also in 1916.

 

Homes along the Brookline Boulevard Loop
near Kenilworth Avenue in 1935.    Homes along the Brookline Boulevard Loop
at Kenilworth Avenue in 1935.
Homes along the Brookline Boulevard loop, at the Kenilworth Avenue intersection, in 1935.

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Bodkin Street

The home at the corner of Bodkin Street
and Shawhan Avenue in 1935.    The home at the corner of Bodkin Street
and Shawhan Avenue in 1935.
Two views of a home at the corner of Bodkin Street and Shawhan Avenue in 1935. To the right, construction workers
are building the retaining wall that currently separates Bodkin from the Pioneer/Boulevard intersection.

 

  
Two views of the intersection of Bodkin Street and Shawhan Avenue in 1935. Prior to that year, Bodkin Street
was designated as the lower end of Brookline Boulevard. This section of the boulevard was rerouted in 1935.
The original St. Mark's Church (built in 1907) stands across from Shawhan in the photo to the left.

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Cadet Avenue

Homes along Cadet Avenue in 1909.    Homes along Cadet Avenue in 1909.
Two views of homes along the original section of Cadet Avenue, along Timberland Avenue above Saw Mill Run, in 1909.

 

A home along Cadet Avenue in 1909, and a view of
the Saw Mill Run corridor in the valley below.    A view of Cadet Avenue homes in 1925.
A child sits outside the front yard fence of a Cadet Avenue home, with a view of the Saw Mill Run corridor (left),
in 1909, and a view of Cadet Avenue homes on top of the hillside, as seen from Saw Mill Run Road, in 1925.

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Chelton Avenue

A view of Chelton Avenue and the
Queensboro Avenue intersection in 1910.    An ivy covered home at the intersection
of Chelton and Freedom Avenues in 1924.
A view of Chelton Avenue, and the Queensboro Avenue intersection (left), in 1910, and an ivy covered home at the
intersection of Chelton and Freedom Avenue in 1924. Note the empty lots and lack of trees
along Chelton, and also the newly installed concrete sidewalks and brick paving.

Looking along Chelton Avenue from the intersection
with Brookline Boulevard in 1924.
Looking along Chelton Avenue from the intersection with Brookline Boulevard in 1924.

Looking up the hill in the direction of Oakridge Street.    Looking towards Queensboro and Brookline Boulevard.
Two views of Chelton Avenue after the Thanksgiving Day Blizzard of 1950.

A traveling Merry-Go-Round on Chelton Avenue in 1946.
Children gather around a traveling Merry-Go-Round on Chelton Avenue in 1946.

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Creedmoor Avenue

A home near the corner of Brookline Boulevard
and Creedmoor Avenue in 1919.    A home next to Resurrection Church/School in 1919.
This home served as a residence for the nuns.
Homes near the corner of Brookline Boulevard and Creedmoor Avenue (left), and next to Resurrection Church/School,
in 1919. The home on the right was used by the nuns who taught at the school and was razed in 1957.

 

Two homes on Creedmoor Avenue across the street
from Resurrection Church/School in 1919.
These two homes were the nun's residence.    A view of the intersection of Creedmoor
Avenue and Oakridge Street in 1919.
Two homes on Creedmoor Avenue, across from Resurrection Church/School, that served as residences for the nuns (left),
and the intersection of Creedmoor Avenue and Oakridge Street, in 1919. The homes on the left were razed in 1957.

 

A view of Creedmoor Avenue from Oakridge Street in 1919.    A view of Creedmoor Avenue from Oakridge Street in 1919.
Two views of Creedmoor Avenue, looking from Oakridge Street towards Clippert Avenue, in 1919.

 

Homes along Creedmoor Avenue - 1919.    Homes along Creedmoor Avenue - 1919.
Homes along Creedmoor Avenue, near the Oakridge Street intersection, in 1919.

 

Homes along Creedmoor Avenue - 1919.    Homes along Creedmoor Avenue - 1919.
Homes along Creedmoor Avenue, between Oakridge Street and Freedom Avenue, in 1919.

 

A view from Clippert Avenue to Brookline Boulevard in 1919.    The signpost at the Creedmoor/Oakridge intersection in 1919.
A view from Clippert Avenue to Brookline Boulevard (left), and a signpost at the Oakridge Street intersection, in 1919.

 

Homes along Creedmoor Avenue - 1919.    Homes along Creedmoor Avenue - 1919.
A view of two front porches along Creedmoor Avenue in 1919.

 

Homes along Creedmoor Avenue - 1919.    Homes along Creedmoor Avenue - 1919.
A view of two front porches along Creedmoor Avenue in 1919.

 

Homes along Creedmoor Avenue - 1919.    Homes along Creedmoor Avenue - 1919.
A view of two front porches along Creedmoor Avenue in 1919.

 

Homes along Creedmoor Avenue - 1919.    Homes along Creedmoor Avenue - 1919.
A view of two front porches along Creedmoor Avenue in 1919.

 

Home at the Creedmoor/Oakridge intersection in 1919.    Home at the Creedmoor/Oakridge intersection in 1919.
The homes at the intersection of Creedmoor Avenue and Oakridge Street, as seen from Chelton Avenue, in 1919.

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Fleming Car Stop

The Fleming Place Plan and the Fleming Car Stop in 1921.    The Fleming Car Stop in 1935.
The Fleming Place Plan was built in the early 1900s, one of the first housing developments in Brookline. The Fleming
Car Stop was an important feature of the housing plan, providing quick access to reliable public transportation.
The streetcar stop is shown in 1921 (left) and in 1935 (right). In the first photo it is the small shed in
the center. Installed in 1905, the 39-Brookline rail line looped up and through the homes to the left.

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Fordham Avenue

Homes along Fordham Avenue, near Midland Avenue, in 1921.    Homes along Fordham Avenue, near Midland Avenue, in 1921.
A view of homes along Fordham Avenue, near Midland Avenue, in 1921.

 

The home at the corner of Castlegate
Avenue and Fordham Avenue in 1921.    Looking from Pioneer Avenue at homes
along Fordham Avenue in 1921.
The home at the corner of Castlegate Avenue (left), and looking at Fordham homes from Pioneer Avenue, in 1921.

 

Homes between Pioneer Avenue
and Midland Avenue in 1921.    Fordham Avenue at the crest of the hill
leading to Pioneer Avenue in 1921.
Homes between Pioneer and Midland Avenues (left), and the crest of the hill leading to Pioneer Avenue, in 1921.
In the photo on the right a young girl is looking across the street at a baby sitting on the walking boards.

 

Homes between Midland and Pioneer Avenues in 1921.    Home near the Midland Avenue intersection in 1921.
Fordham Avenue homes near the Pioneer Avenue intersection (left), and the Midland Avenue intersection, in 1921.

 

Looking from Stebbins Avenue to Queensboro in 1921.    Homes at the corner of Fordham and Stebbins in 1921.
Looking towards Queensboro Avenue (left), and two homes at the intersection with Stebbins Avenue, in 1921.

 

Homes between Pioneer Avenue and Midland Avenue in 1921.    Looking from Pioneer Avenue up Fordham in 1921.
Homes between Pioneer Avenue and Midland (left), and a view looking up Fordham from Pioneer, in 1921.

 

The home at the intersection with Midland Avenue in 1921.    A view of Clemesha Avenue back yards from Fordham in 1921.
The home at the intersection with Midland Avenue (left), and a view of Clemesha Avenue backyards, in 1921.

 

Sidewalk along Fordham Avenue in 1921.    Sidewalk along Fordham Avenue in 1921.
Walking board sidewalks were commonplace along Fordham Avenue in 1921.

 

Home near Stebbins Avenue in 1921.    Homes near Pioneer Avenue in 1921.
Fordham Avenue homes near Stebbins Avenue (left), and Pioneer Avenue (right), in 1921.

 

Homes along Fordham Avenue - 1921.    Homes along Fordham Avenue - 1921.
A view of front porches along Fordham Avenue in 1921.

 

Homes along Fordham Avenue - 1921.    Homes along Fordham Avenue - 1921.
A view of front porches along Fordham Avenue in 1921

 

Homes along Fordham Avenue - 1921.   
The front porch at 520 Fordham Avenue (left), and the board sidewalk at the Stebbins Avenue intersection, in 1921.

 

Walking boards lead up Fordham from Pioneer Avenue - 1921.    A view towards Queensboro Avenue in 1921.
Walking boards lead up Fordham from Pioneer Avenue (left), and a view towards Queensboro Avenue, in 1921.

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Franum Street

Homes on Franum Street, along Saw Mill Run, in 1919.    Homes on Franum Street, along Saw Mill Run, in 1919.
Homes on Franum Street, along Saw Mill Run Creek, in 1919. This is near the present-day location of Volpatt Tile.

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Freedom Avenue

An automobile parked along Freedom, near the
intersection with Wareman Avenue, in 1924.    The intersection of Freedom and Berkshire Avenue in 1924.
Automobiles are parked along Freedom Avenue, near Wareman (left), and the intersection of Freedom and
Berkshire,in 1924. A new home is being constructed along Wareman Avenue in the photo to the left,
and on the right side are two people hanging a blanket on the clothes line to dry.

 

A Wareman Avenue home as seen from Freedom Avenue in 1924.    The intersection of Freedom Avenue
and Woodbourne Avenue in 1924.
A Wareman Avenue home, as seen from Freedom Avenue (left), and the intersection of Freedom and Woodbourne, in 1924.

 

Freedom Avenue as seen from Merrick Avenue in 1924.
A horse-drawn wagon, loaded with coal, stands at the intersection of Freedom Avenue and Merrick Avenue in 1924.

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