S Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 East End Neighborhood
1 and 2 bedrooms
1 and 2 bathrooms
Walnut on Highland, located at 121 S. Highland Avenue, is an urban housing and retail development complex in heart of Pittsburgh’s revitalized East End neighborhood.
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History of East Liberty
The rise and fall of East Liberty is a familiar story in Pittsburgh. In its “golden era” in the 1940s and 1950s, East Liberty exemplified a vibrant commercial center and a tight-knit residential community. Pittsburgh’s “second downtown” declined rapidly in the 1960s after an ambitious urban renewal program designed to remake East Liberty so that it could compete with the new suburban markets and shopping malls.
This 1999 community plan, developed by stakeholders and called A Vision for East Liberty, set the stage for the next generation of revitalization. The plan highlighted community initiatives that represented the beginning of local investment and success, which became the building blocks for change. East Liberty was determined to reposition itself as a successful, self-sustaining community once again.
–via East Liberty Development Corp.
History of the Highland Building
“The Highland Building was the second-to-last of legendary architect Daniel Hudson Burnham’s 16 Pittsburgh commissions. Burnham is most famous for his pioneering designs for Chicago skyscrapers and his work as consulting architect of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. He also designed many of Pittsburgh’s most famous buildings, including Union Station (now The Pennsylvanian), the Frick Building and the Henry W. Oliver Building.”
“…the Highland Building was ready to welcome the public on May 1, 1910. The building’s initial tenants included physicians, dentists, an osteopath, two dressmakers, a milliner, manicurist and a fifth-floor barber shop. In August of that year, the building played host to the “largest electric roof sign ever constructed” when the Allegheny County Light Company erected a 44-foot-high sign atop the structure. When all 2,800 tungsten lamps were lighted on Aug. 30, 1910, the general public was invited to visit the building and tour the company’s new display room.
“In 2011, the Young Preservationists Association named the Highland Building number three on its annual Top Ten list of best preservation opportunities in the Pittsburgh area. In April of this year, local developer Walnut Capital announced plans to develop the Highland Building and the adjacent Wallace Building into residential and retail units”
Walnut on Highland
Come home to urban living mixed with historic charm at Walnut on Highland. Standing since 1910, the building initially welcomed physicians, dentists, dressmakers, a manicurist, and a fifth floor barber shop as it’s first tenants over 100 years ago. Now, 300 people from all walks of life call the building home (and some really cute dogs too!)
The community features a choice of three buildings, each with it’s own revitalized character and unique floor plans to break away from the ordinary. The Highland Building stands 13 stories high with studio, one, two, and three bedroom units with panoramic views of East Liberty and preserved historic elements like exposed brick and original fireplace mantles. The Wallace building, at the corner of South Highland and Centre Avenue, features two-stories of one bedroom units with large windows and updated interiors. Finally, the third building, The Penn, sits at the corner of South Highland and Penn Avenue, and includes studio, one, and two bedroom units. Bottom line is, we have options and lots of them – 35 different floor plans to be exact!
And we didn’t even begin talking about the amenities yet! Fitness center – check. Cozy lounges and game rooms – check. Outdoor sundeck, grilling stations, bike storage – check, check and check. The list goes on… wanna see them all? Scroll down just a tad bit.