The Strip District: Shantytown: Looking Southwest
CAPTION: Depression village between Penn and Liberty Aves. called a "Hooverville." NOTES: "Hoovervilles" sprang up across America in the 1930s. They took their name from President Herbert Hoover who was in office when the "Great Depression" began. Another view shows St. Elizabeth's Church over the shanty rooftops. "One of the most unusual sights we've ever seen in any city. Here you will find men living in homemade 'houses' constructed of box wood and lumber, begging description. Many curious folks come out to 'Shantytown' and a guide eagerly shows one around with explanations as to who is who and what is what in 'Shantytown.' Any donation you may give is part of the community chest and shared by all the dwellers. Just out Liberty Avenue about five minutes from downtown. There are no numbers but we'd say about the 1800 block will bring you pretty close."(10) PHOTOGRAPHER: Brady Stewart. DATE: 1930. HEADING: Pittsburgh. Housing. #: A215. From the Collections of the Pennsylvania Department, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.