Brookline Location Photo Gallery

Brookline Boulevard, 1966.    Brookline Boulevard, 2011.
A view of Brookline Boulevard, taken from the firehouse tower, in 1966 (left) and again in 2011.

Brookline has been on the maps for nearly two centuries. Well, almost. Prior to 1908 it was called West Liberty Borough and Lower St. Clair Township. The first official use of the name "Brookline" was in 1905. Since development began at the turn of the century, the main thoroughfare, once called Knowlson Avenue, has been designated as Brookline Boulevard. The surrounding hills have been known to the inhabitants locally as Brookline since the days following the American Revolution.

Unfortunately, our photographic history dates back only a little over a century. For a good look at what things might have been like back in the days when the Indians were on the warpath and the early settlers sought the protection of the British garrison at Fort Pitt, a trip to the Fort Pitt Museum will reveal what life in the early colonial days was like. It is a fascinating place and the scale models are an excellent trip back in time.

In these pages, we can take you back as far as the early 1900s. We have compiled a collection of old photographs of the Brookline area from the ten decades of the 20th century. These old photos provide us with an interesting look at the similarities, and contrasts, between the past and present. A lot can happen in 100 years!

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Brookline Boulevard Street Scene - 1936    Brookline Boulevard Street Scene - 1936
Street scenes along the 500 block of Brookline Boulevard in 1936.

Woodbourne Avenue, looking northwest
from Oakridge Street in 1924.
Woodbourne Avenue, looking northwest from Oakridge Street in 1924.

A family awaits a trolley at the intersection
of Capital Avenue and West Liberty Avenue in 1915.    Rossmore Avenue in 1925.
A finely-dressed family awaits a trolley at the intersection of Capital and West Liberty Avenue (left) in 1915;
Rossmore Avenue in 1925, shortly before being paved, with a tree standing in the middle of the roadway.

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The Town Of Reflectorville
The Bell House at Saw Mill Run-1890
Glenbury Street/Saw Mill Run-1895
Broadway Avenue in Beechview-1905
The Brookline Plumber, 1905
Brookline Spring/Berkshire Ave-1905
South Hills Junction-1906
St Mark's Church-1907
134/136 Brookline Blvd - 1909
Bodkin St/Brookline Blvd - 1909
Timberland/Cadet/Linial Ave-1909
Kerr House-Wenzel/W. Liberty-1909
Brookline Blvd/West Liberty Ave-1909
Brookside Ave/West Liberty Ave-1910
Brookline Blvd/Chelton Ave-1910
Locations on West Liberty Ave-1912
Stetson St/West Liberty Ave-1912
Brookline Blvd/Queensboro Ave-1913
Wenzel Ave/West Liberty Ave-1913
Brookline Blvd/West Liberty Ave-1915
Brookside Ave/West Liberty Ave-1915
Saw Mill Run/West Liberty Ave-1915
Pioneer Ave/West Liberty Ave-1915
Knowlson Methodist Church-1915
Harley Moving & Hauling-1915
Pittsburgh Coal Company-1915

Beinhauer Funeral Home-1915
Pioneer Ave/Berkshire Ave-1916
Beaufort Ave/Gallion Ave-1916
Oakridge St/Chelton Ave-1919
Creedmoor Avenue-1919
Fleming Place Plan-1921
Fordham Avenue-1921
Saranac Ave/West Liberty Ave-1922
Brookline Blvd/Castlegate Ave-1924
Brookline Blvd/Queensboro Ave-1924
Brookline Blvd at Pioneer Ave-1924
Pioneer Ave/West Liberty Ave-1924
Bayridge Avenue-1924
Freedom Avenue-1924
Woodbourne Avenue-1924
Berkshire Avenue-1924
Saw Mill Run/West Liberty Ave-1925
Rossmore Avenue-1925
Wedgemere Avenue-1925
Gallion Avenue-1925
Berwin/Birtley/Wolford-1925
840 Bellaire Avenue-1925
1042 Bellaire Avenue-1927
View Towards The Boulevard-1928
Edgebrook Avenue-1928
South Hills Coal Company-1930

Railroads That Operated In Brookline

Learn the history of the Pittsburgh And Castle Shannon Railroad (1871-1912), the Wabash Pittsburgh Terminal Railway (1904-1916), the Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railroad (1916-1988) and the current Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad (1990-present). These railroads have operated the freight trains that run along Saw Mill Run and Library Road.

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The Tunnel View Hotel at the corner of
Saw Mill Run and West Liberty Avenue in 1925.    Twin-Tube Auto Service and Repair near the corner of
Saw Mill Run and West Liberty Avenue in 1925.
Two businesses, the Tunnel View Hotel and Twin-Tube Auto Repair and Blacksmith Shop, both located
at the intersection of Saw Mill Run Boulevard and West Liberty Avenue in 1925.


Fordham Avenue, looking towards the intersection with Queensboro Avenue, in 1921.

This home once stood at the corner of
Whited Street and Saw Mill Run Boulevard,
where the trailer park stands today.    Berkshire Avenue in 1924.
The home on the left once stood at the corner of Whited Street (Oak Street) and Saw Mill Run Creek.
On the right is a view of Berkshire Avenue from Queensboro Avenue in 1925.

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Brookline Elementary School-1930
Glenarm Avenue-2400 Block-1930
Oakridge St-1300 Block-1930s
Library Road/Saw Mill Run Road-1930
Brookline Blvd at Glenarm Ave-1933
Brookline Blvd near Flatbush-1933
Sussex Avenue/McNeilly Road-1933
Saw Mill Run/Whited Street-1934
Boulevard Reconstruction - 1935
248/250-218/220 Aidyl Ave-1935
424/414 Brookline Blvd-1935
Brookline Blvd near Glenarm Ave-1936
Brookline Memorial Park-1936
Alice M. Carmalt School-1937
Howard's Service Station-1941
Seaton Street/Creedmoor Place-1941
Moore Park Pool-1946
Altmar Street-1946
L.J. Weet Company-1948
Downtown Pontiac-1950
Boulevard Theatre-1950
Eben Street-1950
Breining St at Eben St-1953

Brookline Blvd/Breining St-1956
Whited Street/Jacob Street-1957
Berkshire Avenue - 1960
Northcrest Drive - 1960
Breining St/Oakridge St-1963
Shire St/Breining St-1963
Ballinger St/Whited St-1963
Northcrest Dr/Pioneer Ave-1963
Oakridge St-1200 Block-1963
Brookline Blvd-700 Block-1966
The Old Trolley Loop-1966
Brookline Blvd near Whited St-1966
Brookline Blvd at Pioneer Ave-1966
Birchland St/Brookline Blvd-1966
531 Brookline Blvd-1970
Daleview St/Briggs St-1974
The Mazza Pavilion-1981
McDonalds and Wendys
Brookline Blvd/Pioneer Ave-2000
The Brookline Library-2003
Creedmoor Court Apartments-2004
The Mazza Pavilion-2012
Boulevard Reconstruction-2013/2014

Random Brookline Street Scenes

Aidyl Avenue to Freedom Avenue     Gallion Avenue to Woodward Avenue     Brookline Boulevard     Saw Mill Run Boulevard     West Liberty Avenue (1909-1913)     West Liberty Avenue (1915)     West Liberty Avenue (1916-1950)

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The intersection of West Liberty Avenue
and Pioneer Avenue (right) in 1915.    Kilgore's Used Car Sales on West Liberty Avenue in 1950.
A street scene at the intersection of West Liberty Avenue and Pioneer Avenue in 1915 (left);
Kilgore's Used Car Sales at 1545 West Liberty Avenue in 1950.


A customer pulling out of Ed Seebacher's Sunoco service station, located at the Brookline Junction, in 1936.

West Liberty Avenue near the
intersection with Pauline - 1951.    The original Eat 'N Park Restaurant
on Saw Mill Run Boulevard in 1949.
West Liberty Avenue near the intersection with Pauline Avenue in 1951 (left) and the original
Eat'n Park restaurant
, pictured in 1949, located on Saw Mill Run Boulevard in Overbrook.

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531 Brookline Boulevard - 1970

These photos show the house that once stood at 531 Brookline Boulevard, at the corner of Wedgemere Avenue, across from the United Methodist Church. The pictures were taken in 1970, shortly before the home was razed. They show the house from several angles, and what a fine old structure it was.

531 Brookline Boulevard - 1970.

531 Brookline Boulevard - 1970.    531 Brookline Boulevard - 1970.

531 Brookline Boulevard - 1970.    531 Brookline Boulevard - 1970.

This grand home was one of the original houses built along the Boulevard, and throughout the years was the location of a doctor and dentist's office. For nearly two decades before being torn down, it was the location of Dr. William Kluber MD and Dr. Charles J. Hoover DDS.

After the house was removed, Dr. Kluber and Dr. Hoover moved their office to the 700 block of Brookline Boulevard, next to the old Carnegie Library location. The two doctors had a long-standing relationship with the Brookline community and continued their practice for several years. A 1956 listing of Boulevard merchants lists Dr. Kluber and Dr. Hoover at the old home at 531 Brookline Boulevard.

The Sunoco station at 531 Brookline Boulevard - 2013.

In addition to the corner home, the house next door was also demolished to clear enough space to build the convenience store and Sunoco gas station that has stood now for over thirty years.

* Thanks to Rich Cummings for providing photos and information on 531 Brookline Boulevard *

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Whatever Happened To 82 Daleview Street?

Take a ride up Breining Street, past Carmalt School. Not far past the school you pass Groveland on the right. Rather than continue straight onto Glenbury and down the hill towards Rt 51, you make a left turn onto what appears to be a side street, but is actually still Breining. You head down the short hill and around the bend to the right. You are now at the beginning of Briggs Street, heading towards the intersection with Aaron Street.

Most people wouldn't know it but, as they passed the jersey barriers that sit at the bend in the road, they had just passed what was at one time the three-way intersection of Breining and Briggs Streets. For almost fifty years, you could have made a left turn onto a long forgotten section of Briggs that took you to the intersection with another long forgotten section of Brookline real estate, Daleview Street.

Left - The house at 82 Daleview.
The home has long since been demolished.

Right - Briggs Street looking from Oakridge
Street towards Breining. Daleview St. is near
the the streetlight past the trees to the left.
The home on the left was located at 82 Daleview Street, and the street on the right is a part of Briggs Street.
The home on Daleview Street and this section of Briggs Street were in the lost subplot known as Brookdale.
The homes and streets in this area were abandoned, and are now part of Brookline Park greenway.

Many years ago, this wooded section of Brookline was slated for residential development. An entire network of roadways was planned. Four homes were built and additional lots laid out. The winds of change, however, blew in a different direction. In the years to come, the land that was to be dotted with roadways and homes became the greenway section of the sixty acre city park known as Brookline Memorial.

What is now woodland on city maps once listed roadways with names like Dom Way, Georgette Way, Drew Way, Greyfox Way, Oakridge Street, Brookdale Street, Palmton Street, Cortina Street and Daleview Street. Briggs Street actually continued non-stop from Breining all the way to the intersection of Brookline Boulevard and Birchland Street. The terrain was steep hills with a stream running east-west through a long and steadily deepening ravine. These were truly ambitious plans.

Click to enlarge map - Brookline 1940s

Flashback to the early 1940s. Industry in Pittsburgh was booming and the population was steadily increasing. In an effort to feed the burgeoning housing market, and with an eye on the impending sale of the twenty-acre Anderson Farm, developers saw an opportunity to expand into the forty acre wooded ravine that ran eastwards towards Saw Mill Run. The adjacent twenty acres of farmland, which occupied the prime space between Breining Street and Brookline Boulevard, was a key to this plan.

In anticipation of future access, Oakridge, Daleview and Cortina and Sunbeam Streets and were laid out and paved. Development began in 1940. This new section of Brookline was refered to on maps as Brookdale. Access to the Brookdale Plan was provided by a short extension of Briggs Street on one end, and Sunbeam Street on the other. Daleview Street was located halfway down the Briggs extension and ran parallel to Oakridge. Making a right turn off Briggs would lead both streets to an intersection at Cortina, then Sunbeam brought them back to Briggs a block further down the road. Making a left turn off Briggs onto either Oakridge or Daleview would lead to a dead end where the land abutted the Anderson Farm.

The house at 82 Daleview was built by Elmer J. Hadley in 1941. Elmer was a long-time employee of Duquesne Light Company. Along with the Hadleys, four other families built homes in the area, three on Oakridge (Gessip, Pilarksi and Miller households) and another at 95 Daleview.

Shortly after, in May of 1947, plans for further development ceased when the Anderson Farm was sold to the Brookline Community Center Association for use as a park. In 1969, the home at 82 Daleview and all remaining lots along Oakridge and Daleview were acquired by the city of Pittsburgh as part of a forty acre enlargement of Brookline Memorial Park.

By 1982, only the Hadley house remained standing. The other properties had long since been vacated and torn down. That was the year that the home's final resident, Sally Hadley-Aul, moved out and turned the property over to the city. Mrs. Aul had been living there since 1969 on a special lease agreement. The house was razed in 1985.

Today, only bits and pieces of asphalt and concrete remain. The exact location of 82 Daleview Street is difficult to find. The bulldozer and the plant life have all but erased any signs of civilization.

Below are two maps, one from 1940 and the other from 1997. Note the difference in the area that today is labeled Brookline Park. The photo from yesteryear shows the tentative plans for development of the forty acres that are now the back woods greenway of the park.

Brookline Map - 1940

1940

Brookline Map - 1997

1997

Brookdale - 2012

Brookdale 2012 - You can still see the outline
of the street plan in the wooded greenway.

Final Note on Brookdale: The 1940s maps show the Pittsburgh Railways right-of-way that ran east to west through the wooded valley floor to a connection with the main rail line that ran along Route 51. In 1905 a single track line was laid with a connection to the rails at Saw Mill Run. The service lasted only a year. The track was abandoned soon afterwards and the track was looped at the 1400 block of Brookline Boulevard. The Port Authority retained ownership of the remote right-of-way until 1969 when the land was acquired by the city of Pittsburgh.

* Thanks to Randy Aul for providing photos and information on 82 Daleview Street *

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Do You Have Any Old Photos?

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This home, shown here in 1909, stood at the
intersection of Brookline Boulevard and Pioneer
Avenue. It was moved to the corner of Berkshire
Avenue and Pioneer in 1935. The home was razed in
1999 during the construction of the CVS Pharmacy.    Homes along Glenarm Avenue, near the
intersection with Rossmore in 1930.
A home at the intersection of Brookline Boulevard and Pioneer Avenue (left), shown in 1909. The home was moved
to the corner of Berkshire and Pioneer in 1935. It was razed in 1999; Homes along Glenarm Avenue in 1930.

A Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railroad train
passes by Whited Street at Jacob Street - 1957.
A Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railroad train passes over the Whited Street tressel at Jacob Street in 1957.

The Brookline Junction, at West Liberty
Avenue and Brookline Boulevard, in March 1915.    The corner of West Liberty Avenue and Capital in 1915.
The building stands were the BP Gas Station is today.
The Brookline Junction in March 1915 (left) and the intersection of West Liberty and Capital in June 1916.

The Boron gas station at the corner of
Sussex and McNeilly Road in the 1970s.
This is the Boron gas station that stood at the corner of Capital Avenue and West Liberty Avenue
in the 1970s. A British Petroleum (BP) gas station currently occupies this spot.

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Fast-Food Restaurants

West Liberty Avenue has the dubious distinction of being the Auto Dealership Capital of Pittsburgh. It also is the scene of the local fast-food franchise wars. Wendy's opened across the street from Belle Isle Avenue, in 1974, and McDonalds followed at the corner of Wenzell Avenue in 1981.

Although both restaurants are located on the Beechview side of West Liberty Avenue, the fast-food giants have been doing battle for the hearts and pallates of Brookliners for over thirty years. Aside from a Hardees that had a brief run along Saw Mill Run Boulevard in the 1970s, Wendys and McDonalds have been the only two national fast-food burger joints within walking distance of Brookliners.

Wendys on West Liberty Avenue    McDonalds on West Liberty Avenue.
A Double with cheese, Fries and a Frosty ... or a Quarter Pounder with Fries and a Coke?

To the disdain of some and the delight of others, the community of Brookline has never fallen prey to the franchise wars, unless you consider the inordinate amount of Wendy's and McDonalds paper trash that persistently litters our streets. If you want a good burger right here in Brookline, try the Moonlite Cafe or the Boulevard Lounge. That's the ticket!

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Homes along the rolling hills of Brookline - 2011.

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