Take a Northside Walking Tour with Allegheny City Society
Thanks to the funding from the Buhl Foundation’s One Northside Program and IOBY, Allegheny City Society has planned several summer evening walks through Northside communities. All tours are free, excluding whatever treats or libations you might choose at the final tour stops. For more information about the walking tour, call Amelia Gehron at 412-766-5670.
Walking Tour of Fineview – Thursday, July 13 at 6:15 pm
You’ll have a “fine view” from the magnificent observation deck on Catoma Street. During the tour, participants will learn about the exciting history of Fineview – from the earliest community of Nuns who opened a convent in the wild hills north of Allegheny Town, to the incline and trolleys that connected Fineview to the “lower Northside.” You will walk by some of the newest homes in Fineview as well as some of the oldest, such as Heathside Cottage. Participants should meet at the Observation Deck on Catoma Street at 6:15 pm.
Walking Tour of Upper Wood’s Run Valley – Thursday, July 27 at 6:15 pm
Once a densely inhabited community of working and middle class families, Woods Run suffered some of the consequences of urban renewal and its proximity to “Western Pen.” Participants will see some structures of notable architects: Alden, Harlow, and Longfellow, and Scheibler. You will pass by the former location of Schwerd’s Column Plant and the bustling commercial intersection of Brighton Road and Woods Run. Participants should gather at 6:15 pm across from Young Brothers Bar, located at 1441 Woods Run Avenue. The walk will end with a draft or two inside the bar.
Walking Tour of the North Shore – Thursday, August 10 at 6:15 pm
Take a walk through the “nine lives” of the oldest section of the Northside. Walking along the shoreline of the Allegheny River, participants will learn about and look at some significant historical sites: Allegheny Cotton Mill, the Canal, and Railroad Bridges. You will also see some stunning new sites: Allegheny Landing Sculpture Park, PNC Park, Heinz Field, Mr. Rogers statue, Art Rooney statue, and several veteran’s monuments. Participants should gather in the Allegheny Landing Sculpture Park along the riverbank between the Clemente (6th Street) and Warhol (7th Street) Bridges at 6:15 pm. After the walk, you will have an opportunity to spend some time socializing at Atria’s while looking at the great skyline of Allegheny City’s Sister City.