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The Pretzel Shop

The Pretzel Shop

“If you don't cherish it, it might be gone tomorrow and you can't get it back.”
—student quote

2316 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Date and Style
Built in the 1880s
—Victorian (Italianate) style

Erected during the reign of Queen Victoria of England (1837-1901), this Victorian Italianate building is based on the style of Italian Renaissance villas. Decorative brickwork below the wide cornice board adds a decorative touch to the top story of this building. The window shapes vary from one floor to the next, and are accented by decorative stone and brick surrounds.

Facade improvements funded through the Urban Redevelopment Authority's Streetface Program
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Facts and Stories Worth Knowing
  • In 1870, this was an empty lot owned by Dr. Ormsby, a descendant of John Ormsby, founder of the South Side.
  • In 1916 J. Ulmer owned the building which was originally a hotel.
  • In the 1980s, South Hills Furniture Company was located here.
  • The Pretzel Shop has been in this building since 1981.
  • Customers have included several of the actors from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

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