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Hey Pittsburghers, anyone know what this building is?

Asked by bpeoples (2551points) October 24th, 2008 —the big one with the parking lot. Appears to be closed and/or abandoned, just wondering what it used to be.

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EmpressPixie's avatar

I would guess school since it looks like a playground/basketball area next door. But I have no idea. I’m just throwing a guess out for fun.

asmonet's avatar

Looks like an old factory to me. Considering the big smokestack chimney, the large unmarked lot… could also be an old school. But the chimney makes me doubt it.

bpeoples's avatar

@asmonet—if it’s of the right era, the would have been burning coal to fire the boilers, so the smokestack isn’t out of line. (Actually, my elementary school had a smokestack for the same reason)

asmonet's avatar

@bpeoples: I didn’t even consider that, thanks!

bpeoples's avatar

@asmonet—Yep, I wouldn’t have thought of it either, except my school had one =)

jvgr's avatar

I believe it is the Liberty Tunnel Fan House (though not at all like a house) built in 1928 to house the fans that ventilate the Liberty Tunnel. The 110 feet high “smokestacks” would be ventilation shafts.

bpeoples's avatar

@jvgr—Good eyes! That is indeed the Fan House, but I’m wondering about the building across the street to the north =) (And yes, I did find it by looking at the Fan House)

bpeoples's avatar

And apparently, it’s the South Hills High School—

Closed in 1986.

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