For years, the three nondescript buildings on Wood Street rarely drew a second glance, let alone a first. Now, after nearly $1 million in renovations, some folks can’t believe what they’re seeing.
“Some of them were trying to get photographs of what they looked like before because they didn’t believe they had walked by these buildings without noticing them,” architect Milton Ogot said of a few friends and colleagues and even some passersby.
In some cases, people “kind of assumed we took down the existing facade and replaced it with a new one.”
Once the plainest of Janes in a drab stretch of Wood between Fourth and Forbes avenues, the “three sisters” now stand out like diamonds on black velvet, thanks to the work of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.