“This may seem silly, but this building
continues to give,” Rozic says. “It once
gave people a source of income, allowing
for them to provide for their families.
And now it gives people a source of hap-
piness, allowing for us [who] live here to
have a place we can proudly call home.”
The generations-old stains that have
seeped through the ceilings at these
industrial-style apartment buildings
actually are a selling point rather than
something to be fixed. They forever echo
some long-forgotten moment when a fac-
tory worker spilled a can of oil on a floor
and continued on with his day.
“I never thought I would describe
concrete and exposed brick as a warm
and comfortable living space,” Rozic says,
“but I do.”
That’s the thing about this trend and
our city: Pittsburghers weren’t simply
spectators to this country’s industrial
past — it unfolded here. We have a long,
complicated relationship with the rise
and fall of industry in the 20th century.
It may have taken a few generations of
growth and change for us to accept the
elegance in a rusting piece of machinery
or see the potential homes that lie within
a dormant, crumbling factory building,
but we have begun celebrating these relics’ physical beauty and historical value.
And we’re doing it with a knowledge and
understanding that’s born from generations of real experience.
“Pittsburghers love their history and
are proud of it,” says Derek Stoltz, general