A street from wooden blocks

Close up view of the wooden blocks

Rosyln Place is a narrow cul-de-sac in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood.

Thomas Dodd was an immigrant from England when he was a child and at age 23 joined the Pittsburgh Railroad and soon became the chief engineer.  He and his wife Mary moved into a home in Shadyside and bought the neighboring land parcel.  Here in 1913, he developed Rosyln Place – a cul-de-sac 18 homes and townhouses.

Wood was once a commonly used construction material in plank roads in the 1800s but soon gave way to more modern materials.  Roslyn Place stands out as a short narrow street that went against the grain.  The original blocks lasted almost 70 years without having to be replaced.



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