Froggy’s, the famed old bar in the heart of Downtown, could face the wrecking ball.
Troiani Properties, which owns the building, wants to demolish it and build a 22-story “signature tower” saying “there is nothing to preserve,” the Post-Gazette reported.
But local preservations are trying to stop the wrecking ball. The Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation will “vigorously oppose” the proposed demolition of Froggy’s and several other buildings near Market Square. The foundation said the structures can be saved, just as several dilapidated buildings in Market Square have been rehabbed into a market, a clothing store, and apartments.
The buildings in question are part of or border the Firstside Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places – but that doesn’t protect them from demolition.
Froggy’s has a long history in Pittsburgh and was long considered a nightlife hotspot, attracting Mario Lemiuex, Jack Nicholson, and others. The bar closed in 2003, and the building has sat vacant since then. But that doesn’t mean Pittsburghers have forgotten the place. There’s even a Facebook page devoted to Froggy’s memories, which states: “The walls were decorated with photos of all the celebrities that came to the bar. Along with ticket stubs from every major event that happened in Pittsburgh. I heard that the joke was as you got older you started hanging on the lower floors because you didn’t want to walk up the steep steps.”
Troiani Properties is expected to brief Pittsburgh’s planning commission Tuesday, explaining their plan to demolish properties at 100-102 Market as well as two others at 104 and 106-108 Market and another at 209 First Ave.
In other news…
When is the T going to get here? Digital screens in local transit stations are now going to answer that question in real time. As Port Authority said, “Displays don’t make the vehicle get there any faster, but it gives our customers the knowledge that it’s coming.” (TribLive)
Push a button, get a short story at this new vending machine. Located on Carnegie Mellon’s campus, this French-made machine is the first of its kind in Pittsburgh. Short Édition dispenses stories written by the university’s professors or international writers on receipt-like, biodegradable paper using inkless technology. (Pittsburgh City Paper)
Ever heard of a “Thomasson”? It’s the name for an architectural or infrastructure relic that no longer serves any purpose but is still maintained — and there’s a gem of a Thomasson in Bloomfield. As Pittsburgh Orbit describes it, “It’s an oddball curio, discussion topic, and detour destination for a backstreet Bloomfield gambol.” (Pittsburgh Orbit)
A few weeks ago, we asked our Facebook friends to describe summer in Pittsburgh. The catch? They could only use three words — and “hot” was not an option.
Fortunately, we’ve got a creative bunch on our hands, so we decided to make the ultimate summer word search.
Can you find ’em all? Prove it by sending us the completed version back. We might even feature your success in an upcoming newsletter.
If you’re nebby like us, you might just get caught up in scrolling through Pittsburgh property listings online. It’s like HGTV but with no commercials.
This 1891 Victorian outside of Pittsburgh is a dream and sticks to classic details … except for the surprising rug in the bedroom.
Make it a great week, Pittsburgh.