Alongside the Pittsburgh landscape of modern and historic buildings sit abandoned spots – a former elementary school, a once popular church, and an allegedly haunted tunnel. These abandoned places in Pittsburgh, although neglected and decaying, give a glimpse into their once vibrant pasts.
1. St. Peter and Paul Church
A winding staircase leads to the top of the abandoned St. Peter and Paul Church in East Liberty. Built in 1891, the historic church closed its doors for the final time in 1997. Today, the church still sits abandoned, sought out by photographers and adventure seekers.
2. Larimer School
A part of the Pittsburgh landscape since 1896, the abandoned Larimer Elementary School may not remain abandoned for much longer. After permanently closing in 1986 due to a declining student population, the former elementary school sat abandoned. Its newest owners, however, plan to transform the abandoned building into affordable apartments.
3. Seldom Seen Greenway
Stroll along leaf-covered train tracks in what used to be Seldom Seen Village in the Beechwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Long abandoned, visitors can still see the remnants of the abandoned village when walking along the railroad tracks and into the woods.
4. Brownsville General Hospital
Outside of Pittsburgh in Brownsville sits a decaying former hospital with a long and disturbing history. Originally Brownsville General Hospital, the facility eventually morphed into the Brownsville Golden Age Nursing Home, designed to be a safe haven for the elderly. Unfortunately, stories of serious problems plagued the nursing home, resulting in its permanent closure in 1985.
5. Piney Fork Railroad Tunnel
The Piney Fork Tunnel in South Park Township, said to be haunted by the "Green Man," first opened in 1924 and served as a passageway for the B&O Railroad to transport coal. While the tunnel closed in the mid-1960s, some seek it out to see if they can catch a glimpse of the spirit of the Green Man, who was horribly disfigured in an accident years before and is said to roam the tunnel at night.
6. Carrie Furnaces
The only non-working blast furnaces in the city, Carrie Furnaces have long been abandoned. But, Furnaces 6 and 7 continue to undergo renovations to allow Pittsburghers to explore them while learning about the vibrant history of iron-making in the area.
7. The Neill Log House
Dating back to 1790, the Neill Log House in Schenley Park, owned by the Schenleys, sits abandoned, although visitors are welcome to visit the log house. Advanced reservations are required.
8. Dixmont State Hospital
The former Dixmont State Hospital, which stood abandoned for years, has been demolished. Although now a memory, the Dixmont State Hospital was once one of the most recognized abandoned places in Pittsburgh. Built in 1862, the former psychiatric hospital sprawled across 400 acres and was a state-of-the art facility for its time. It permanently closed in 1984 and sat abandoned until it was demolished in 2006.
9. Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike
Few people realize that, just outside of Breezewood, part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike - 13 miles, to be exact- was abandoned more than 50 years ago, giving way to a more modernized version of the highway. Today, the abandoned stretch of highway, which includes three tunnels, beckons adventurers, bikers, hikers, and photographers.