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 (1916-1965) ♦
Brookline Connection Feature Presentation:
♦ 301 Vintage Brookline Photos In Living
The trolley right-of-way at the intersection
with Shawhan Avenue, looking towards Kenilworth Avenue, in July 1935.
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 Avenue in 1951 (left) and the original
Eat'n Park restaurant,
pictured in 1949, located on Saw Mill Run Boulevard in Overbrook.
The 3100 block of Pioneer Avenue, shown here
in 1935, looking from the corner of West Liberty Avenue.
A South Hills Coal Company truck makes a
left turn off McNeilly Road onto Library Road (left)
and a young man walks towards the McNeilly Road intersection on September 8,
The Anderson Farm,
shown here in 1936, was operated by the Anderson family from 1874 to
1947. The farm fields and
the distant homes show the contrast between 19th century rural Brookline
and the 20th century urban neighborhood.
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.
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.
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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Queensboro Avenue, shown in 1933, looking from
Woodbourne Avenue up the hill to Bay Ridge Avenue and beyond.
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 over the Whited Street tressel at Jacob Street in 1957.
The Brookline Junction in March 1915 (left)
and the intersection of West Liberty and Capital in June 1916.
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
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.
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!