Bedford Dwellings – Pittsburgh PA

City:
Pittsburgh, PA

Site Type:
Public Housing, Civic Facilities

New Deal Agencies:
Housing Programs, US Housing Authority (USHA)

Started:
1938

Completed:
1940

Designers:
Bernard Prack, Edward B. Lee, Raymond Marlier, William Boyd

Contractor:
Ring Construction Company

Quality of Information:
Good

Site Survival:
Unknown

Description

Bedford Dwellings was the first of Pittsburgh Housing Authority’s construction of low-cost housing. Dr. B. J. Hovde, the administrator, announced the contract would be awarded to Ring Construction Company with the low bid for the 420 units at $1,173,000. The completed project was proposed to cost $2,560,000 and cover a 20-acre site on Bedford Avenue. Low bidders on plumbing work was Moss and Blakely, heating was George H. Soffel and Company, and electrical was Sargent Engineering Company. Lumber and millwork was awarded to Atlas Lumber and Supply Company. Bedford Dwellings were ready for occupancy March 1, 1940 and able to house 1, 528 persons. More than 1000 workers were employed on the three co-occurring projects. Planned redevelopment of mixed-income housing was slated for 2018 and it is unknown if the original units were or will be maintained in the redevelopment.

Source notes

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

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

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

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

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

Location Info


2305 Bedford Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

Coordinates: 40.452852, -79.97046399999999

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