Pittsburgh Neighborhoods: History of West End

History of West End

The West End is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh’s west city area. The neighborhood is located less than a mile from downtown and was originally named Temperanceville. It was founded as a dry town and eventually annexed to the city in 1874. The Urban Redevelopment Authority added the West End Village as a Mainstreet Pittsburgh District back in 2009. The move was to support West End’s business district like Ceramiche Tiles and Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath as well as Caldwell’s and James Gallery.

There’s a bit of confusion about the region West End vs. the neighborhood. The region West End refers to the communities including Sheraden, Elliott, Windgap, Chartiers City and more. Since Temperance was its own entity when it was renamed West End (and still is), it is its own neighborhood.

The Old Stone Inn building in West End Village is said to be dated circa 1756, and may be one of the oldest buildings in the region.

The West End Bridge and Carson Street connect the neighborhood to the North Side and Station Square, respectively. The population of West End Village is just 254 and it is only .2 square miles wide.

The neighborhood has representation on city council for District 2.


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