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  • Bedford Avenue
    (between Somers Avenue and Chauncey Drive)
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • Category: Landmarks
  • Sub-Category: African American History Guide
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Bedford Dwellings

Brief History

Completed in 1940, Bedford Dwellings was among the first public housing projects in the nation, was built at a cost of $2,500,000, and could accommodate 1,700 people. According to many black residents, Bedford Dwellings provided insufficient space for residents, many of whom had larger families. Prior to Bedford Dwellings’ construction, Greenlee Field occupied the land from 1933 to 1938 and served as a major playing field for the Negro Leagues baseball sandlot teams. Prior to that, it was the site of Lincoln Memorial Cemetery (c. 1830s).

Condition/Architecural Notes

Brick, multistory, multiunit apartment complex