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Allegheny West

North Pittsburgh

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Historic Allegheny West - officially the smallest neighborhood in Pittsburgh - is a lively, vibrant, and exciting place to live, just as it was a century ago when it was the "Gold Coast" of the cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny. Located north of downtown, this neighborhood offers an eclectic mix of businesses, residential housing and entertainment.

The famous "Millionaire's Row" was on the leading edge of a very distinctive collection of residences (from mansions to humble dwellings) and residents (from robber barons to their servants).

Over the last three decades, these houses have been rediscovered and restored. Once again they are home to families whose everyday lives are spent in beautiful spaces that glow with polished wood, marble and brass. Elaborate carvings, delicate etchings, and the artistry of long-ago craftsmen are their daily pleasures.

The Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour is an annual highlight for the neighborhood. All through the rest of the year, residents aim to have the woodwork stripped, or the front hall wallpapered, with enough time remaining to elaborately decorate for our Christmas visitors.

People are drawn to the neighborhood by the beautiful houses and churches, or because they are intrigued by the Victorian architecture. Perhaps the ghosts of past residents - like Harry Thaw, Gertrude Stein, Mary Roberts Reinhart, the Carnegie's, the Horne's and the Kaufmann's, the Jones' and the Laughlin's - lure some others.


Families in Allegheny West enjoy a variety of educational options. The Pittsburgh Public School District - which was recently named one of the Country's Top Ten Large Urban Districts by - offers a mix of neighborhood schools and specialized magnet choices in or near Allegheny West, including:
  • Pittsburgh Manchester K-8
  • Pittsburgh Allegheny Traditional Academy K-8 Magnet
  • Pittsburgh King K-8
  • Pittsburgh Schiller Classical Academy 6-8 Magnet
  • Pittsburgh Oliver 9-12
  • Pittsburgh Perry Traditional Academy 9-12 Magnet
Please visit the Pittsburgh Public Schools website for more information.
If you are interested in private, parochial, or charter school options, please visit the "Education" section of our resource page for links.


The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest and most respected public library systems in the country. Established by Andrew Carnegie as a public trust in 1895, CLP has 19 locations throughout the City of Pittsburgh. Neighbors in Allegheny West enjoy these branches:
  • Allegheny Library
  • Woods Run Library
For more information about the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, visit their website.

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