Village Terrace Housing – Pittsburgh PA


Architects Raymond Marlier, Edward B. Lee, William Boyd, and Bernard Prack designed the 3 public housing units constructed 1938-1940 in the Hill District. The USHA loaned 90% of the cost of the 3 projects. Terrace Village No. 1 was the second project for Pittsburgh, housing 805 families with an estimated cost of $4,950,000. The proposed project required the removal of 800,000 cubic yards of dirt from a hill overlooking a gully. No. 1 was constructed on Ruch Hill, covering 40 acres. No. 2 was built of Goat and Gazzam Hills, covered 89 acres, housed 1,818 families and cost approximately $10,800,000. The apartment buildings were three-story, masonry walls with brick facing, and heated by a central plant. Construction employed more than a 1000 men on all three projects. General construction for no. 1 was A. Smith and Company, plumbing by George H. Soffel Co., heating by Drake-Avery Co., and electrical work by Raphael Electric Co. Lumber and millwork was awarded to Atlas Lumber and Supply Company. No. 1 was ready for occupancy April 1, 1940 and no. 2 ready August 1, 1940. General construction for no. 2 was Hunkin-Conkey Company, plumbing by W. N. Sauer Company, heating by McGinness, Smith, and McGinness, and electrical by Sargent Engineering Company. Bounded by Rose Street, Wyandotte Street, Cuba Way, Devilliers Street and Kirpatrick Street, the projects were about a mile and a half from the downtown. Village Terraces was replaced with mixed income development in 2018.

Source notes

New Homes for Slum Dwellers. (Feb 12, 1939). Pittsburgh Press, p. 60.

Housing as it is planned for Ruch Hill. (Jul 5, 1939). Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, p. 4.

Outside Firm, Local Labor for Bedford Housing Job. (Jul 5, 1939). Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, p. 4.

S. Approves Housing Bids. (Jul 29, 1939). Pittsburgh Press, p. 16.

Big Contracts Go to Atlas. (Nov. 5, 1939). Pittsburgh Press, p. 35.

City’s Housing Payrolls Pass $300,000 Mark. (Nov 5, 1939). Pittsburgh Press, p. 14.

$5,132,000 Bids OK’d by Housing Authority Here. (Dec. 24, 1939). Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, p. 5.

Terrace Villages Acquire New Names. (Aug 7, 1942). Pittsburgh Press, p. 40.

Project originally submitted by Susan Allen on December 29, 2019.

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Location Info

385 Elmore Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

Coordinates: 40.4437592, -79.976834

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