As part of the celebration for the 250th anniversary of the Fort Pitt Block House, the Fort Pitt Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has released for the first time a complete history of Pittsburgh’s oldest architectural landmark. Written by former site curator Emily M. Weaver, the book is entitled The Fort Pitt Block House, and it is published by The History Press, Inc., of Charleston, South Carolina.
Beginning with its construction in 1764, the story of the Fort Pitt Block House is one that spans nearly three centuries of Pittsburgh history. The Block House was originally constructed as a defensive redoubt for Fort Pitt, a key British fortification during the French and Indian War. After the conflicts on the Pennsylvania frontier ended, the brick-laid building served as a trading post for wares and munitions, and in the nineteenth century, it played host to families and even a candy shop. In 1894, the only surviving structure of Fort Pitt was gifted to the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Though the building was threatened by demolition for the expansion of the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Daughters of the American Revolution fought to preserve this historic treasure for Pittsburgh. The Block House remains in its original location in the heart of modern-day Point State Park with much of its bricks, stone, and woodwork still intact from 1764.
Read the following reviews of The Fort Pitt Block House:
- City Paper review by Bill O’Driscoll, 1-2-2014
- Interview on Pittsburgh Today Live, 11-13-2013
- Interview on The Sunday Business Page, 11-10-2013
Copies of The Fort Pitt Block House are available for purchase on-site at the Block House as well as at local stores, gift shops, and online. You can enjoy a sneak peak at the book right now by reading a preview.
Retail price is $19.99, 160 pages. It also retails as an E-BOOK via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple’s I-bookstore, Google’s E-bookstore, & Overdrive.