Point Breeze, Pittsburgh

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Point Breeze
Neighborhood of Pittsburgh
Henry Clay Frick's "Clayton"
Henry Clay Frick's "Clayton"
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Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny County
City Pittsburgh
 • Total 1.004 sq mi (2.60 km2)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 5,315
 • Density 5,300/sq mi (2,000/km2)

Point Breeze, or South Point Breeze,[2] is a largely residential neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The community was named after a tavern once located there.[3]

It is adjacent to the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Regent Square, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, and North Point Breeze, and the borough of Wilkinsburg. Like nearby Squirrel Hill it contains a large Jewish population, but is still majority Catholic and contributes to a high percentage of students enrolled in Taylor Allderdice High School and Central Catholic High School.

The most prominent feature of Point Breeze is Henry Clay Frick's Clayton, which is a part of the 5.5-acre (22,000 m2)[4] Frick Art & Historical Center. Nearby is St. Bede School, a Catholic school, and the Pittsburgh New Church School. It is also the home to a popular Pittsburgh Public Schools elementary school, Linden Academy, the Sterrett Middle School, and the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The neighborhood also hosts much open space, with Westinghouse Park, Mellon Park, the scenic Homewood Cemetery as well as the northern edge of Frick Park within its borders.

The eastern edge of the neighborhood, north of Regent Square and east of Frick Park, comprises the neighborhood of Park Place.[5] The Shady Side Academy Junior School sits here, as does Park Place Elementary School, a Pittsburgh Public School that operates as a charter school.

Point Breeze's claim to literary fame is due to Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Dillard's popular memoir, An American Childhood, set in Point Breeze in the 1950s. As a child she attended Park Place Elementary. Both of John Edgar Wideman's memoirs, Brothers and Keepers and Hoop Roots, use North Point Breeze's Westinghouse Park as a setting, as well as in his fictional Homewood Trilogy.

Although officially distinct neighborhoods separated by Penn Avenue, "Point Breeze" is also frequently taken to include North Point Breeze.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "PGHSNAP 2010 Raw Census Data by Neighborhood". Pittsburgh Department of City Planning PGHSNAP Utility. 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2013. External link in |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Carpenter, MacKenzie (29 October 2006). "Have big Halloween treat bag, will travel". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Bloom, Albert W. (Jan 14, 1953). "Pittsburgh today made up of many villages". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 23. Retrieved 2 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Tully, Jessica (28 May 2013). "Frick Art & Historical Center to get makeover - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. http://www.parkplaceblog.com/about/

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