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), 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.
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Allegheny County Courthouse, built in 1884, bounded by Forbes and Fifth Avenues, as well as Grant and Ross Streets.
Cathedral of Learning, built in 1926, bounded by Forbes, Fifth, and S. Bellefield Avenues and Bigelow Boulevard.
PPG Place, built from 1981 to 1984, bounded by Forbes Avenue and the Boulevard of the Allies on its north and south sides, and Stanwix and Wood Streets to its east and west.
Stephen Foster Memorial, opened in 1937, on Forbes Avenue.
Pittsburgh City-County Building, built in 1915 to 1917, at Grant Street and Forbes Avenue.
Allegheny County Office Building, built from 1929 to 1931, at Ross Street at Forbes Avenue.
Reymer Brothers Candy Factory, built circa 1910, at 1425 Forbes Avenue.
Kaufmann's Department Store Warehouse, built circa 1910, at 1401 Forbes Avenue.
Armstrong Tunnel, built in 1926, between Forbes and 2nd Avenues at S. 10th Street.
The Pittsburgh Public Schools' Board of Education administration building, bounded by Forbes Ave., S. Bellefield Ave., Filmore and S. Dithridge Streets.
Carnegie Mellon University, buildings from 1905 to 1932.
Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall (Margaret Morrison Carnegie School for Women) of Carnegie Mellon, built in 1906 (addition in 1914).
Doherty Hall (School of Applied Sciences, Engineering Hall) of Carnegie Mellon, built in 1908.
Litchfield Towers, dormitories at the University of Pittsburgh, built in 1963, bounded by Forbes Avenue, 5th Avenue, and Bouquet Street.
David Lawrence Hall, completed in 1968, an academic building at the University of Pittsburgh, at Forbes Avenue.
Sennott Square, completed in 2002, part of the University of Pittsburgh, located at Forbes Avenue and S. Bouquet Street.
Eureka Building of the University of Pittsburgh, at the corner of Forbes Avenue and Halket Street.
Loeffler Building of the University of Pittsburgh, at the corner of Forbes and Meyran Avenues.
Duquesne University's Forbes construction project, including the Sklar Skywalk, which passes over Forbes Avenue.
Schenley Plaza, located at Forbes Avenue and Schenley Drive.
- http://www.nowthenpgh.com/?p=784 "See Here, Pittsburgh," retrieved March 1, 2020.
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