Highland Towers to Be Featured at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Art Show

Highland Towers is a national historic landmark that recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Located at 340-342 S. Highland Avenue, it contains 36 one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.

The towers are situated near University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) area hospitals and are just a few blocks from the retail shops and restaurants on Walnut Street, South Highland Avenue and Ellsworth Avenue. This residence allows quick, convenient access to the best that Pittsburgh has to offer.

Franklin West has been the steward of this architectural masterpiece for more than 40 years. Read more about its rich history and architectural design here.

The Towers’ stunning design has been featured over the years in many books and movies. Its latest spot in the limelight? At Pittsburgh Filmmaker’s upcoming art show!

Debuting at the Melwood Gallery on Friday, April 28th, this event will feature work by Pittsburgh Filmmakers members and students in photography programs, as well as a one-night screening of short films completed by students in The Filmmaking Intensives program.

Keep an eye out for photographs of the historic Highland Towers from Pittsburgh-artist Christianna Kreiss!

Summer in Shadyside: Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch

Are you as excited for summer in Shadyside as we are? We could simply burst thinking about sunny mornings, lazy afternoons, and endless activities indoors and out!

We’re very much looking forward to the start of Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch: a weekly summer series hosted by Citiparks that brings together two of our favorite things — dining al fresco and live music!

Spend your Sunday relaxing on the Mellon Park lawn while an ensemble plays the classics. Admission is free! Simply bring your friends, your picnic blanket, and an appetite for marvelous melodies. A new band or orchestra plays each week, so there’s always reason to attend again!

Mark your calendars: Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch returns to Mellon Park on June 18th at 10:30am, and continues each Saturday through August 13th!

Millionaire’s Row: The History of 5945 Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue, now the main thoroughfare between Shadyside, Oakland, and Point Breeze, was once known by a different name: Millionaire’s Row. Home to Gilded Age Industrialists and synonymous with wealth, power, and social status, Fifth Avenue’s mansions were stunning reflections of their prestigious owners.

Today, only a precious few of Fifth Avenue’s historical homes remain. 5945 Fifth Avenue still stands today under the ownership of Franklin West.

The property’s original owner, J. M. Guffy, certainly fit in with his notable neighbors at the time. Guffy was a gas and oil tycoon with strong ties to Southwestern Pennsylvania. His company, J.M. Guffey Petroleum Co., eventually branched out to form Gulf Oil in 1907 — a millionaire, indeed.

While the original architect of 5945 Fifth Avenue is unknown, many original design elements are similar to the work of George S. Orth.

What began as an ornate, red brick Queen Anne Victorian mansion, stands today as a white stuccoed, Praire-style duplex. Franklin West selects and carefully restores buildings of historic value, ensuring their continued use as comfortable residences with architectural integrity.

While significantly altered, 5945 Fifth Avenue exists as one of the rare, few vestiges of Millionaire’s Row. This year marks its 134th birthday.

Research conducted by Frank Reichard, Wenfei Luo, and Justin Greenawalt for East Liberty Valley Historical Society, Inc.

Matched with University of Pittsburgh Medical School? Move to Shadyside.

Match Day 2017 kicked off just hours ago. Thousands of soon-to-be-graduates learned where they’ll be completing their medical residency. Are you one of the lucky ones chosen to begin your residency at the University of Pittsburgh?

If so: congratulations on your enormous success! Once you’ve finished celebrating, it’s best if you start looking for housing sooner, rather than later. After all, nothing could be more stressful than trying to tackle medical school in a new city while scrambling to find housing, right?

Shadyside has certainly become a popular place for grad students to live in Pittsburgh. What you may not know, however, is that Shadyside is the place to live for Pitt medical students. Here’s why.

Transportation is simple as can be.

Moving to a new city often means new modes of transportation. Maybe you won’t be bringing a car with you, or perhaps street parking’s not your thing. Whatever the case, you’ll find that getting to and from Shadyside is as easy as that chem 101 class you aced in undergrad.

Free campus shuttles run throughout Oakland, which is just a few streets away from the heart of Shadyside. With your Panther Card, you can also ride fare-free on all Port Authority buses. And, if you’re working late in the lab and you need a way home, SafeRider will pick you up and drive you to your doorstep.

It’s home to the best study spots in the ‘Burgh.

We’re almost positive you already know how to study smart. How else would you have been matched with one of the top 20 medical schools in the U.S.?

Even with polished studying skills, ideal learning environments are essential to your success. In Shadyside, you’ll find perfect study spots in spades. Want to escape into Gothic-inspired architecture and Harry Potter vibes while you cram for exams? Head to the Cathedral of Learning. Seeking ultra-quiet environments and cozy studying nooks? Beeline to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, located mere blocks away from Shadyside!

No matter your test-prep preferences, you’ll be surrounded by ideal learning locations year-round.

When it comes to nightlife, Shadyside’s got the best of both worlds.

You know better than anyone: now that you’re starting your medical residency, wild nights on the town will likely take the back burner. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have easy access to Pittsburgh’s best destinations, however!

Oakland, where University of Pittsburgh’s Medical Center resides, is often bustling with undergraduate activity. (Think 21st-birthday-friendly bars, outdoor concerts, and house parties.) Not exactly conducive to early mornings at the hospital or USMLE exams, is it? Shadyside masters the delicate balance between quiet neighborhood respites and exciting entertainment.

Think of Shadyside as the crossroads of Pittsburgh’s East End. Living in a community nestled between Lawrenceville, East Liberty, Oakland, and Squirrel Hill, you’ll have access to the award-winning bars and restaurants that put Pittsburgh on the map. And, best of all? You’ll also have immediate access to Mellon Park, Schenley Plaza, Flagstaff Hill, Ellsworth Avenue, and more of the peaceful parks and neighborhoods that make Shadyside so serene.

Now, that’s what we call a win-win-win.