806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Neighborhood History

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May 2017 marks the 55th anniversary of the Allegheny West Civic Council. While we look forward to another five decades of Pittsburgh’s smallest neighborhood, we’re also looking back at how this neighborhood came to be – not in the 1860s and 70s, but in the 1960s and 70s and right up to today. Learn about the people that have called – and do call – its tree-lined streets and historic houses home.

See Photos of Allegheny West Through the Years

Neighbor Interviews

Recent History

Years after its time as a corner of Allegheny City, the modern history of Allegheny West gets its start in the Urban Renewal that swept through much of Pittsburgh. Though slated to be demolished in the name of progress, a committed band of residents fought to preserve both a link to the past and a timeless way of living. Learn about the interesting twists and turns of this story in the words of neighbor John DeSantis.

Read John’s History of Allegheny West

Historic Homes

  • Beech Avenue
  • Galveston Avenue
  • N Lincoln Avenue
  • Western Avenue
  • Brighton Road
  • W North Avenue
  • Owners

Most of the original residents of the houses that line Beech Avenue were merchants or owners of small firms and their middle-class families.

948-950 Beech Avenue (Front)


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Galveston Avenue developed as a desirable alternative to older sections of Allegheny City like the East and South Commons and lower Federal Street.

Following the 1858 subdivision of the rope walk property, North Lincoln Avenue developed as a mixture of middle-class housing and mansions. Read a 1927 description of life on this street from the Pittsburgh Gazette-Times.

Western Avenue developed as a somewhat unlikely mixture of mansions, homes of middle-class and working-class families, and small industrial sites.

Some of the Pittsburgh region’s wealthiest families constructed mansions on Ridge Avenue and Brighton Road.

An eclectic mix of houses and town homes mingle with churches and factories on W North Avenue.

Learn more about Carol Peterson, whose researched house histories provide the basis for this resource.

Special thanks to University of Pittsburgh Archives Service Center for digitizing hard copies of the house histories and to Amy E Rustic for fielding many impromptu research questions.