The Mayors of Allegheny City

Allegheny City was served faithfully by 32 mayors from its incorporation as a city in April 1840 through the consolidation with the City of Pittsburgh in December 1907. Initially, the office of mayor had a one-year term limit. The Corporation


Postcard Gallery

Scenes from the Parks of Allegheny.  Click Image to Enlarge. The Hampton Battery Monument  and The Elks Floral Display Armstrong Monument Washington Monument Fountains

Allegheny Library

Allegheny Library TIMELINE March 1886, Andrew Carnegie writes to the Select and Common Councils of the City of Allegheny offering to erect a free public library and music hall in the City of Allegheny to cost not less than $250,000.

Historical Markers

Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church

Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church is one of a few Allegheny congregations that has both reached the century mark and continued to serve the community from its original building. The 100th anniversary of the dedication of the congregation’s historic church building

Martha Graham: 1895-1991

Modern dancer Allegheny City SocietyBorn in Allegheny City, she became a pupil of Ruth St. Denis. She broke with the rigid conventions of ballet of the 19th century, moved to New York City, and formed her own dance company. As

Mary Cassatt: 1845-1926

Impressionist painter Mary was born in Allegheny City and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She journeyed to Italy and Spain to study the old masters. In Paris she associated with leaders of the Impressionist

Mary Roberts Rinehart: 1876-1958

Mystery fiction writer and playwright Born and educated in Allegheny City, she married Dr. Stanley Rinehart and worked as his nurse. She started writing short stories for lady’s magazines. Her first two novels, “The Circular Staircase” and “The Man in

Stephen Collins Foster: 1826-1864

Songwriter Stephen Foster is the son of William Barclay Foster, mayor of Allegheny City. Stephen was the first great American songwriter; during his short life he wrote some 200 songs, many of them as popular today as they were when

George Washington Gale Ferris: 1859-1896

Ferris worked in Allegheny as a designer and builder of railroads, tunnels and bridges. He developed the new profession of testing and inspecting structural iron and steel. In response to the challenge given American engineers, he invented the Ferris Wheel for the Chicago World’s Fair 1893. The original wheel rose 250 feet in the air and carried 36 cars.

Andrew Carnegie: 1835-1919

Carnegie’s first job was working as a bobbin boy at the age of thirteen in Allegheny, at Mr. Blackstock’s textile mill. He went on to become a telegraph operator and secretary to the superintendent of the Pittsburgh division of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Shrewd investment in stocks enabled him to move up the ranks of the steel industry, and he became chief owner of the Homestead Steel Works. As a steel manufacturer, he became one of the richest men in the world. Upon his retirement, he devoted the rest of his life to the distribution of his wealth.

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Wolverine Supply & Mfg. Co.

The “Wolverine Supply & Mfg. Co.” was founded in Pittsburgh in 1903, by Benjamin F. Bain. Incorporated as a company in 1906, Wolverine designed and manufactured household utensils and broom holders, as well as the tools and dies to make

Colonel James Anderson Monument

Andrew Carnegie always spoke highly of Colonel Anderson, the highly successful iron manufacturer who opened his personal library to the young working class men of Allegheny. Among these “working boys” was Andrew Carnegie and his childhood friends, Henry Phipps and Henry Oliver. This sculpture by Daniel Chester French of a young workman reading honors Anderson’s generosity, and was designed to be placed near the entrance of Allegheny City’s Carnegie Library – the first publicly supported Carnegie Library in the world.

Colonel James Anderson House

James Anderson was one of Allegheny City’s successful businessmen before the great industrial boom caused by the Civil War. Anderson moved from Allegheny City to the Borough of Manchester where he built this fine mansion. Anderson was not only an early settler in Manchester, but took an active role in the development of the community and its institutions. Following his death, this residence became known as the “The Home for Christian Women”. During those years this great residence was nicely maintained. At present, the interior of Anderson’s home has been beautifully restored for hospice use.

Gertrude Stein House

While living as an expatriate in France during the years between the World Wars, Gertrude Stein wrote her autobiography. In the work she stated that she was born “…firmly in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania.” This is the house where the Stein family lived at the time of Gertrude’s birth. Daniel Stein and his brother were in business together at that time in Allegheny City and Pittsburgh. Within a year the family moved to California. The house has remained a single-family residence from the late 19th century to the present day. The exterior and interior were nicely restored and preserved in the 1980’s.

McCreery-Rooney House

This home was built for the McCreery family, who were the owners of one of Pittsburgh’s most celebrated and fashionable department stores. The tearoom at “McCreery’s” was known by generations of Pittsburghers as the place to meet while shopping downtown. This residence was preserved as the family home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Rooney. At present it is the home of Dan Rooney the owner and president of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

William Thaw Jr. House

William Thaw Jr. was a very successful son of one of the city’s most notable citizens. He and his wife, Elizabeth Dohrman Thaw, lived in this spacious home on one of Allegheny City’s most fashionable streets. Although the house was originally designed and constructed on a smaller scale, the Thaws expanded their home to its present dimensions. It is currently in use as an office for a design firm and the apartment home for several tenants.

William Penn Snyder House

James Van Trump, when writing about this residence in 1976, stated that it was “…particularly interesting for Pittsburgh as the city’s sole and very late example of a small town palace.” There are few brownstone structures in the city, and this one has been remarkably maintained; first as a residence of the Snyder family, and now as the headquarters of a major investment firm. Built to accommodate the automotive age, the garage was designed to accommodate several vehicles. A grand ballroom was located on the street level of the home, only a few steps from the interior driveway.

Byers-Lyons House

The firm of Alden and Harlow designed this double house for Alexander M. Byers and his daughter, Mrs. J. Denniston Lyons. The architectural style is unique in the city. The interior style of the Byers’ side of the house is high Victorian, in contrast with the Lyon’s side which is clearly Edwardian. At the turn of the century the art collection of A. M. Byers was one of the finest in Allegheny and Pittsburgh. The Community College of Allegheny County presently uses this building for their administrative staff. The college has shown dedication and commitment to preserving both the interior and exterior of this significant structure.