Mount Oliver is a bite-sized neighborhood in Pittsburgh’s South Side. The neighborhood is not to be confused with the borough of Mount Oliver, which is located directly to the west and which, strangely, is not officially part of Pittsburgh at all, despite being entirely surrounded by the city. The neighborhood of Mount Oliver is tiny and almost exclusively residential, and as such, there’s not too terribly much to blog about. But I’ll sure give it a shot.
Mount Oliver is pretty hilly. The red pickup looked like it could have tumbled down the hill with a strong wind.
one stop mount oliver house-porn and garden tour
Most of the homes in Mount Oliver are tidy frame houses spaced evenly on hills. The following house, however, is the jewel of the neighborhood.
old school buildings in mount oliver
Near the old St. Joseph’s church (now the home of Potter’s House Ministries) sits an old school complex. Both buildings are pretty old and are abandoned.
parting shot: mount oliver
That was quick. The picture above was taken at the top of the hill on Ormsby Street, named for John Ormsby, a Major in the French and Indian War, who received a land-grant for the land in 1763 from George III. The Mount Olivers (town and neighborhood) are named for his son…Oliver.
To get an idea of how small the neighborhood is, look at the above picture: See the motorcycle on the left? It’s sitting in front of Lauterbach’s Cafe, a bar, that is located at the border of Mount Oliver borough. So everything past the bike is actually the borough. And behind me? 50 yards more of Ormsby Street and then you get into the St. Clair neighborhood. So for serious, the neighborhood of Mount Oliver is minuscule.