Allegheny County

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Allegheny County is named for the Allegheny River.

 

Created:  September 24, 1788

County Seat:

Pittsburgh  1788 – present

 

County Courthouse – Pittsburgh  

 

Location:  415 Grant Street / 5th Avenue

Built:  1886 – 1888

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Henry Hobson Richardson

Contractor:  Norcross Brothers and Booth and Flinn.

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a four story brown colored stone structure. The building is built around an interior courtyard. A tower rises five stories from the courtyard’s open side. The entire complex was built of large rusticated blocks of granite, with the entrance ways and windows topped with wide arches. The northwest and southwest corners have large square towers with steep roofs. The roof is steep with dormers placed at all the corners.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1794. The second courthouse was designed by John Chislett and built in 1836 to 1841.

 

County Administration – Pittsburgh  

 

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Location:  415 Grant Street / 5th Avenue

Built:  1915 – 1917

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Henry Hornbosytel

Contractor:  James L Stewart

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a seven story gray colored stone and concrete structure. The building is built around an interior courtyard. The west front has three large arches rising to the third story. The main hall is surrounded by gilded classical columns 47 feet high, supporting a vaulted ceiling of Gustavino terra cotta tile. Architectural sculpture on the building was created by Charles Keck..On the seventh floor of the building is a massive mural completed in 1940 entitled “Justice” by award winning artist Harry Scheuch. The building is named as the City-County Building.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Butler County

E – Westmoreland County

S – Washington County

W – Beaver County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2015