Allegheny Cemetery is one of the largest and oldest burial grounds in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is a historic rural cemetery.[4]

Allegheny Cemetery
Allegheny Cemetery in 2008
Allegheny Cemetery is located in Pittsburgh
Allegheny Cemetery
Allegheny Cemetery is located in Pennsylvania
Allegheny Cemetery
Allegheny Cemetery is located in the United States
Allegheny Cemetery
LocationRoughly bounded by N. Mathilda and Butler Sts., and Penn, Stanton, and Mossfield Aves., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Coordinates40°28′21″N 79°57′00″W / 40.4725°N 79.9500°W / 40.4725; -79.9500
Area300 acres (120 ha)
ArchitectChislett, John; Multiple
Architectural styleLate Victorian, Tudor Revival, English Gothic
Part ofLawrenceville Historic District[2] (ID100004020)
NRHP reference No.80003405
Significant dates
Added to NRHPDecember 10, 1980
Designated CPJuly 8, 2019
Designated PHLF1988[3]

The non-sectarian, wooded hillside park is located at 4734 Butler Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood, and bounded by the Bloomfield, Garfield, and Stanton Heights areas. It is sited on the north-facing slope of hills above the Allegheny River.[5]

In 1973 the cemetery's Butler Street Gatehouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and, in 1980, the entire cemetery was listed on the National Register.[6]



Incorporated in 1844, the Allegheny Cemetery is the sixth oldest rural cemetery in the United States. It has been expanded over the years and now encompasses 300 acres (120 ha).[5]

Allegheny Cemetery memorializes more than 124,000 people.[7] Some of the oldest graves are of soldiers who fought in the French and Indian War. Their remains were reinterred here, moved from their original burial site at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Pittsburgh. Many notables from the city of Pittsburgh are buried here. The cemetery was among those profiled in the PBS documentary A Cemetery Special.[5]

In 1834, three members of the Third Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, Dr. J. Ramsey Speer, Stephen Colwell and John Chislett Sr. determined to establish a rural cemetery near Pittsburgh. Dr. Speer later visited several famous rural cemeteries, Mount Auburn Cemetery in Boston, Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, and Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. In 1842 the group selected the 100-acre farm of Colonel Bayard for the site. An Act of Incorporation passed the Pennsylvania Legislature and was signed by Gov. David R. Porter on April 24, 1844.[8]

Mt. Barney was selected as the site of a memorial to naval heroes in 1848, and Commodore Joshua Barney and Lt. James L. Parker were reinterred there. On Memorial Day, 1937, a new memorial was unveiled at Allegheny Cemetery, dedicated to the more than 7,000 servicemen buried here.[8]

Notable interments

The Butler Street entrance (1870 portion)
The 1848 portion of the Butler Street Gatehouse (located beside the 1870 portion of the Butler Street entrance shown in the above picture)
The Penn Avenue Gatehouse, built in 1887
The cemetery has many hills, lakes, and wooded areas.

See also



  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Lawrenceville Historic District" (PDF). City of Pittsburgh. National Park Service. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 19, 2019. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  3. ^ Historic Landmark Plaques 1968-2009 (PDF). Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-30.
  4. ^ Linden, Blanche M.G. (2007). Silent City on a Hill: Picturesque Landscapes of Memory and Boston's Mount Auburn Cemetery. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press. p. 293. ISBN 978-1-55849-571-5. Archived from the original on 16 January 2024. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Kidney, Walter C. (1990). Allegheny Cemetery: A Romantic Landscape in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. ISBN 0-916670-14-7.
  6. ^ Van Trump, James D. (1973). "Butler Street Gateway – Allegheny Cemetery" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Retrieved January 11, 2014.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Allegheny Cemetery". Archived from the original on September 2, 2017. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "History". Allegheny Cemetery. Archived from the original on October 21, 2019. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  9. ^ Sebak, Rick (2010-04-29). "Pittsburgh was the Coffee Capital of America!". Archived from the original on 2022-12-02. Retrieved 2022-12-16.
  10. ^ "The Norman Shield". Sigma Chi – The Norman Shield. p. 153. Archived from the original on December 26, 2022. Retrieved December 26, 2022.
  11. ^ Swetnam, George (September 28, 1973). "Mayors' Notebook". The Pittsburgh Press. p. 43. Archived from the original on 2023-02-18. Retrieved 2023-02-17.