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Walnut Street 1935

Looking down Walnut Street from South Aiken Avenue, February 19, 1935. Image courtesy of Historic Pittsburgh, the Digital Research Library at the University of Pittsburgh.

It’s difficult to find historic photographs of commercial Walnut Street, which is surprising given the area’s popularity.

In the 1935 image above, we can recognize buildings like the fifth building down Walnut Street (left side) known as the Minnetonka Building (1908). Designed by Frank G. Scheibler Jr., the Minnetonka Building now houses the Shadyside Variety Store, Mazur Galleries, and Cappy’s Cafe. Schiller’s Drug Store sign is visible at far right on the corner of Aiken and Walnut.

Perhaps you have an early photograph of Walnut Street? Please share it with us!