Completed in 1886 to the designs of Boston architect H. H. Richardson and in use until July 27, 1995, the former Allegheny County Jail was renovated between 1999 and 2001 to house the Family Division of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. A portion of one of the cell blocks has been preserved as the “Old Allegheny County Jail Museum.”
During the free Old Allegheny County Jail Museum Self-Guided Tour, a PHLF docent is on hand to tell you the history of the Allegheny County Jail. The Old Allegheny County Jail Museum Self-Guided Tour can be taken each Monday through October from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm. The Old Allegheny County Jail Museum is located at 440 Ross Street in Downtown Pittsburgh.