Allegheny County Jail
|Allegheny County Jail|
|City of Pittsburgh Historic Structure|
|Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmark|
|Location:||Ross Street and Fifth Avenue (Downtown), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Architect:||H. H. Richardson|
|City designated:||December 26, 1972|
The old Allegheny County Jail is on the 400 block of Ross Street in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, part of a complex (along with the Allegheny County Courthouse) designed by H. H. Richardson. Norcross Brothers built the jail between 1884 and 1886, and after Richardson died in 1886 the courthouse was finished that same year under the supervision of Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge. Additions were made 1903–1905 by Frederick J. Osterling.
In 1892 anarchist Alexander Berkman was held here awaiting trial for the attempted murder of industrialist H. C. Frick. In 1902, condemned brothers Jack and Ed Biddle escaped with the aid of the warden's wife. (The 1984 film Mrs. Soffel, based on the incident, includes shots of the exterior.)
A new jail opened in spring 1995, and the original jail now houses the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Family Division.
- "Local Historic Designations". Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
- Historic Landmark Plaques 1968-2009. Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. 2010. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
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