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Roslyn Place by Andrew Weier

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Andrew Weier Andrew Weier
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1.77 Gigapixels
Date added
Apr 18, 2010
Date taken
Apr 17, 2010

Lined with rows of old brick homes and towering trees, Roslyn Place might resemble many of the antique streets in Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood, but there is one interesting detail that separates it from the others.

This street is recognized by Pittsburgh's History and Landmarks Foundation for it's unique construction.

While at first glance, the bricks that make up Roslyn Place might appear to be made of a grayish stone, they are actually made of 97-year-old wood.

Recognized by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation as a landmark, the wooden bricks of Roslyn Place were laid in 1913.

According to an article by Pittsburgh City Paper columnist Chris Potter, one reason the street may have been paved with wooden bricks was to reduce sound generated by the horse-drawn carriages of the time.

Although the days of carriages have passed, and Roslyn Place has been able to withstand years of car traffic, driving down the 250 foot cul-de-sac is no easy task.

Since none of the 18 homes have garages or driveways, residents have to park on the street, leaving a passage down the middle of the road wide enough for only one car. While this might seem like a frustration, the people who live on the street do not seem to mind.

In fact, they have banned together several times over the years to stop the city from paving over the old wood, despite it's obvious signs of age. While driving is not a hazard, the wooden bricks are fairly uneven, and the grain is weathered and separated in some parts. These things just add to the streets charm.

Allan Jacobs, a writer and former resident of Roslyn Place, even liked it enough to mention in his book "Great Streets" along with other "greats" throughout the world like Venice's Grand Canal.

While it might not have the reputation as some of the other great streets in the world, or even Pittsburgh, it's definitely a point of interest and should be added to any sightseers list.

Chris Potter's article on Roslyn Place can be found at: www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A51581 Will open in a new tab or window

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GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3864 (Windows)
Panorama size: 1774 megapixels (110732 x 16026 pixels)
Input images: 266 (38 columns by 7 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 52.1 degrees high (top=39.3, bottom=-12.8)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G10
Image size: 4416x3312 (14.6 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-04-17 17:33:12 - 2010-04-17 18:02:41
Aperture: f/4.5 - f/8
Exposure time: 0.0125 - 0.0769231
ISO: 400
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 142.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Automatic
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Horizontal overlap: 28.7 to 98.4 percent
Vertical overlap: 33.6 to 37.6 percent
Computer stats: 1014.83 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 14:18:54 (3:13 per picture)
Alignment: 28:23, Projection: 49:37, Blending: 13:00:52

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