Pittsburgh Suburbs: History of Whitehall

A Brief History of Whitehall

History of Whitehall

Whitehall is a borough in Allegheny County and a suburb of the city of Pittsburgh. It most likely got its name from Silas D. Prior’s tavern located on Brownsville Road. The tavern was appropriately named “White Hall.” The building is still around but has since moved to Brentwood. Another reason White Hall was named as so was possibly because of an area that used to be named Whitehall Driving Park. In January of 1948, Whitehall separated from Baldwin Township to become its own independent municipality. The mayor at the time, Edwin F. Brennan, said residents wanted better services and zoning than what they had previously received.

Facts about Whitehall

History of Whitehall

Whitehall has five borders, including Overbrook, Brentwood, Baldwin, Bethel Park and Castle Shannon. Baldwin-Whitehall School District serves the borough. Those children of high school age go to Baldwin High School. There are also other school options including ACLD Tillotson School, Wesley Spectrum High School and St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin. Whitehall has been a home rule community since January 1, 1975. The main thoroughfare in the community is Route 51, which gets traffic to and from Whitehall to downtown Pittsburgh. Whitehall was named one of the most livable communities in Metropolitan Pittsburgh by the group PHH Technologies Services.

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