Panther Hollow Lake Through the Years

September 8, 2010 by Melissa McMasters

In honor of our (sold-out) presentation on Panther Hollow next Wednesday, we thought we'd look back at some images of Panther Hollow Lake throughout its history. We had fun with some historic winter images back during the Snowpocalypse, but that didn't exhaust our archives, so here are some more!

(For those of you who didn't get a chance to register for next week's presentation before it filled up, we'll post highlights afterwards in this space. Plus, we're planning two hands-on workshops this fall centered on watershed health. One will teach you how to keep your yard watershed-healthy--including learning to build a rain garden--and the other will focus on stream bank improvements in Schenley Park. Stay tuned for dates and how you can register!)

Thanks to Charlotte Cohen and Joe Natoli for the below images. Click on the photos to see larger versions.

The postmark on this one is May 1909. This meadow now has a lot more trees in it than it did back then!

Meadow postcard

This one makes it look like there was a tiny little island in the middle of the lake.


This one also looks like it was done before the boathouse was built.

Postcard pre-boathouse

Boating on Panther Hollow Lake looks like it was the fancy thing to do.

Panther Hollow Lake postcard

A major renovation ordered by Mayor David Lawrence began in 1957.

1957 renovation

Looks like there was some shoring up of the walls of the lake.

Renovation 1957

The lake filled in with some shrubbery before it was stocked with water once again. This photo is dated 1959.

1959 growth

Then our photos jump to the early 1970s, when the lake was still a popular place for winter recreation.

Skating aerial 1971

Looks like the boathouse had gotten a little facelift, too.

Skating 1971

And finally, this must have been shortly before the boathouse was demolished in 1979.


Got any Panther Hollow memories? Share them in the comments section below!

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