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photoLith Dec 28, 2013 3:05 AM

Oldest Pittsburgh Building Replica
So I started working with Preservation Pittsburgh doing a book and side projects with historic designations. I hope this work will eventually morph into a full time job which would pretty much be my dream and save me from my horrid redneck crap job I have now loading railcars. So this project is very important. An architect here wants a sketchup portfolio from me soon, so Im going to do exact models of a few historic buildings around the city.

I havent really used sketchup for almost five years but I made an exact replica of the tiny redneck town I went to school in 5 years ago then ran out of computer room to finish it, but I got very good at sketchup while doing it.

Anyways, heres the 1782 tavern Im modeling that will hopefully help it get restored in the not too distant future. The tavern is the oldest commercial building in Pittsburgh and is in quite bad shape at the moment, it almost was torn down but then Preservation Pittsburgh intervened and its now designated as a city historic landmark.
This is what I have modeled so far, spent a brief time at the tavern measuring each individual window on the front facade and all the individual elements of each window and the spacing in between them. I was also able to get the front facades roof height and slope of the ground to get the exact dimensions, as well as the exact length of the front facade of the tavern. This is what I have so far from the measurements I was able to get for the 30 min or so I was at the site.
Heres a photo of the tavern I took.

photoLith Dec 28, 2013 4:05 AM
tavern.1 by photolitherland, on Flickr
tavern.2 by photolitherland, on Flickr
tavern.3 by photolitherland, on Flickr
tavern.4 by photolitherland, on Flickr
tavern.5 by photolitherland, on Flickr
tavern.7 by photolitherland, on Flickr
tavern.8 by photolitherland, on Flickr
tavern.9 by photolitherland, on Flickr
tavern1 by photolitherland, on Flickr

guyFROMtheBURGH Dec 28, 2013 10:35 PM

Looking very accurate so far! What other buildings around PGH are you thinking of modeling? Good luck getting the job! They are very important in keeping Pittsburgh's history.

photoLith Dec 29, 2013 7:51 PM

I have the 2013 sketch up and used to use kerkythia with the old sketchup. I can't install the plugin now and can't use the rendering program. Anyone else have this problem?

LSyd Jan 4, 2014 5:44 PM

coolness, good to see you're enjoying doing that and it's helping preservation. good luck with the portfolio.


p.s. a buddy of mine worked for a while managing the destinations of railcars and hated it. when he traveled he was always curious about the places he scheduled the trains to go to.

photoLith Jan 9, 2014 1:50 AM

Heres one building for my portfolio for that architect I just finished. A second empire row home.

Vellu Jan 18, 2014 7:21 PM

Wonderfully detailed! I hope to see more. Renders would also be nice.

Patrick Jan 24, 2014 6:42 PM

Very nice and wonderfully detailed!

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