Point Alley

From Pittsburgh Streets
Point Alley
Neighborhood Central Business District
Origin of name The Point
Fate Vacated in 1901

Point Alley ran from Penn Avenue to Duquesne Way (today's Fort Duquesne Boulevard) on the south bank of the Allegheny River, just to the west of the Fort Pitt Block House.[1][2][3] It was very near the Point, after which it was named (along with the nearby Point Street, which later became First Street and then Fort Street).[4] Point Alley was vacated by a city ordinance in 1901,[5][6] which triggered a protest and legal battle from the Daughters of the American Revolution, to whom Mary Schenley had deeded the Block House. See Fort Street for the story of the fight to save the Block House.


  1. The Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny, with Parts of Adjacent Boroughs, Pennsylvania. 1855. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0089; https://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~1688~130047; 1855 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). In George W. Colton, Colton's Atlas of the World: Illustrating physical and political geography, J. H. Colton & Co., New York, 1856 (https://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/view/search?q=Pub_List_No%3D0149.000). [view source]colton
  2. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 3. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1900. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1900-volume-3-plat-book-pittsburgh. [view source]hopkins-1900-vol-3
  3. R. E. McGowin. Pittsburgh: Engraved from R. E. McGowin's map for Geo. H. Thurston. Wm. Schuchman & Bro., Pittsburgh, 1856. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0091. [view source]mcgowin-1856
  4. Bruce S. Cridlebaugh. "Field notes: Changing Pittsburgh street names—from downtown to Lawrenceville." Pghbridges.com: Bridges & tunnels of Allegheny County & Pittsburgh, PA, Feb. 9, 2000. http://pghbridges.com/articles/fieldnote_pghstnames.htm. [view source]cridlebaugh
  5. "Brown signed vacation bills: Approved today to Fort street and Point alley ordinances." Pittsburg Press, Dec. 20, 1901, p. 1. Newspapers.com 141827904. [view source]brown-signed-vacation-bills
  6. "Brown signed Point vacation: Fort St. turned over to warehouse syndicate—women will fight on: Will make their plans soon: Ground around the old block house is too sacred to be easily given up: May appeal to councils." Pittsburg Post, Dec. 21, 1901, p. 2. Newspapers.com 86391260. [view source]brown-signed-point-vacation