East Allegheny (Pittsburgh)

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East Allegheny
Neighborhood of Pittsburgh
Cedar Avenue in East Allegheny
Cedar Avenue in East Allegheny
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Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny County
City Pittsburgh
 • Total 0.236 sq mi (0.61 km2)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 2,136
 • Density 9,100/sq mi (3,500/km2)
ZIP Code 15212
Deutschtown Historic District
Area Roughly bounded by Cedar Avenue, Knoll, East, and Pressley Streets
Architectural style Late Victorian
NRHP Reference # 83004181[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 25, 1983
Designated CPHD February 12, 1997[3]

East Allegheny, also known as Deutschtown, is a neighborhood on Pittsburgh's North Side. It has a ZIP Code of 15212, and has representation on Pittsburgh City Council by the council member for District 1 (North Central Neighborhoods). The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire houses 32 Engine and 32 Truck in Deutschtown.


In 1783, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania established a 3000-acre tract of land north of where the Allegheny River merged with the Ohio River.[4] John Redick created an initial town plan for Allegheny City – which featured 36 city blocks surrounded by a common grazing area – the following year.[5] The common grazing area became a park now known as Allegheny Commons, and the area just east of the park – which had been set aside for farming in Redick's initial plan – is today's East Allegheny.

This area was developed between 1850 and 1900 by immigrants who were almost exclusively German. As a result, the area was called Dutchtown, a mispronunciation of Deutschtown. Its residents created a business district on East Ohio Street and a residential district running south of it, from Cedar Street (on the western border with Allegheny Commons) to Troy Hill (on the east).[6] These buildings were very solidly built.[4]

In 1984, this area was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Deutschtown Historic District.[4] The nominating petition noted that "Dutchtown is distinguished from neighboring North Side neighborhoods by its ethnic associations and intense feeling of neighborhood solidarity. It also retains the busiest original commercial district left on the North Side since the development of Allegheny Center in the 1960's." The area is also a City of Pittsburgh Historic District.[7]

Construction of Interstate 279 sliced the neighborhood in half, such that there is now an West Deutschtown (which runs from Allegheny Commons to the Interstate and contains the active business district on East Ohio Street) and an East Deutschtown (which runs from the Interstate to Troy Hill). Both sections of the neighborhood suffered as a result of the Interstate's construction: some residents moved, their homes were rented by absentee landlords to low-income tenants, and the area saw a general lack of investment.[8][9] However, neighborhood activists established the East Allegheny Community Council and gradually restored the neighborhood, especially the western portion.[10][11][12]

Geography and transportation

East Allegheny is composed of "East Deutschtown," an area that is bounded by East Street, East Ohio Street, Goehring Street and Vinial Streets, and "West Deutschtown," which extends from Cedar Avenue to East Street and from the Norfolk Southern Mainline to Dunloe Street.

Surrounding neighborhoods include Allegheny Center, Fineview, Troy Hill, Spring Hill, and Spring Garden.

City buses that connect East Allegheny and downtown include 500, 16B, 16F, 1D, 1F, 6A and 12A. 54C also connects East Allegheny with Oakland, the city's academic center.


The neighborhood citizens group is the East Allegheny Community Council. The organization offers a self-guided walking tour for the neighborhood (available from its website).


See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "PGHSNAP 2010 Raw Census Data by Neighborhood". Pittsburgh Department of City Planning PGHSNAP Utility. 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2013. External link in |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved August 5, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Local Historic Designations". Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. Retrieved 2011-08-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Dutchtown Historic District". Living Places. Gombach Group. Retrieved 3 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "The Next Page: Reviving the North Side's "Lost City"". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 8, 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "East Allegheny". Council District 1 Maps. City of Pittsburgh.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Design Guidelines: Deutschtown Historic District" (PDF). City of Pittsburgh.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Miller, Eric. "If we change it, they will come". New Colonist.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Kirkland, Kevin (July 17, 2010). "Buying Here: Deutschtown". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 3 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Deutschtown".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Pittsburgh's Deutschtown House Tour highlights three decades of neighborhood revitalization".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Our Neighborhood: Deutschtown". The Priory Hotel.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • Toker, Franklin (1994) [1986]. Pittsburgh: An Urban Portrait. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 0-8229-5434-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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