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Retrographer harnesses the knowledge of the community to create a collaborative map of Pittsburgh's historic photographs.

How it works?

All of the photographs on the site come from the City Photographer collection hosted and curated by the University of Pittsburgh's Archives Services Center

Retrographer uses Google Maps to make it easy for anybody to geotag these images. This geotag data is sent back to the Archives Services Center to become a permanent part of the archive.

About The Project

Retrographer was started in the Fall of 2010 as a project for the Senior studio Pieces taught by Dylan Vitone at Carnegie Mellon University. The project has evolved and lives on after the class has ended. So far over 3,900 photos have been tagged by people all over Pittsburgh

Retrographer continues to evolve. Check back soon on your smartphone, a mobile app is on the way.

If you have any feedback about Retrographer please email me at dpieri@gmail.com -Dane Pieri

Just Pittsburgh?

It doesn't have to be. If you would like to bring Retrographer to your city, and are able to work with an archive or museum to get access to a collection like Pittsburgh's City Photographer Collection, shoot me an email!

Featured Photos

  • Opening Day - 1930

    Opening Day
  • River Traffic - 1933

    River Traffic
  • Kroger Warehouse - 1938

    Kroger Warehouse
  • To Grandfather's House for Christmas - Date Unknown

    To Grandfather's House for Christmas

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    "The No. 3 Police Station on Penn Ave was located at 2608 Penn Ave. "

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    "Evans Way, sometimes referred to as Evans Alley, was another street that was sacrificed for Gateway Center, but it once existed one block toward the point from the still present Stanwix street"

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    "Fancourt St ran between Penn Ave and Liberty Ave and was removed for Gateway Center, however it was two blocks toward the point from the still existing Stanwix St."

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