Forbes Avenue

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Forbes Avenue
Location Pittsburgh

Forbes Avenue is one of the longest streets in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. It has a length of about ten miles (16 km). According to historical writer and blogger Leon J. Pollom, the lowest section of Forbes was originally named Diamond Street. Mayor David L. Lawrence renamed the street for John Forbes (1707–1759),[1] whose expedition recaptured Fort Duquesne and who renamed the place Pittsburgh in 1758.

The buildings that stand along Forbes Avenue are a mixture of old and new. The westernmost terminus of Forbes Avenue lies at Stanwix Street in the downtown part of the city. This runs eastward past the recent PPG Place, directly through Market Square and then between the 19th century Courthouse and the 20th century City-County Building. Duquesne University, though established in the 19th century, mostly abuts Forbes with some early- to mid-20th century buildings. Some mostly late-19th century buildings form Forbes's passage through Midtown and the Uptown. In Oakland, it goes through a mixture of late 19th century stores, and then passes the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning (early 20th century) and the late 19th century Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. From Oakland, Forbes Avenue continues eastward past 20th- and 21st- century Carnegie Mellon University and late 19th century Schenley Park, through the small stores of Squirrel Hill, and past Homewood Cemetery and Frick Park before it reaches its eastern terminus at Wilkinsburg.



  1. ^ "See Here, Pittsburgh," retrieved March 1, 2020.

Coordinates: 40°26′40″N 79°56′56″W / 40.44439°N 79.94891°W / 40.44439; -79.94891