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Roslyn Place is still paved in wooden blocks

A small street in Shadyside is one of a handful of streets left in the world that is still paved in wooden blocks.

by Lindsay Patross
December 5, 2018

Here’s an interesting piece of history and a Pittsburgh fun fact: a small dead-end street in Shadyside is one of a handful of streets left in the world that is still paved in wooden blocks. Roslyn Place, off Ellsworth, isn’t concrete or even cobblestone, it features a unique surface known as Nicolson pavement.

Preservation Pittsburgh nominated Roslyn Place for historic designation last fall. You can read the entire application for historic designation here.

Roslyn Place
Getting there
Roslyn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, USA
Wooden pavement on Roslyn Place. Photo Credit: Preservation Pittsburgh.

Where else can you find wooden streets?

There are just a few of these wooden streets that still exists…

  • Chicago still has a few wood block alleys. (More photos on Forgotten Chicago).
  • St. Louis: 10th street between Olive and Locust Streets
  • Philadelphia: 200 block of Camac Street
  • Cleveland: Hessler Court

Did you know that Pittsburgh is home to the steepest driveable street in the continental US?

Pittsburgh born and raised, Lindsay has been writing about the people who love Pittsburgh since 2008.

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