Welcome to Westinghouse Park

Celebrating its centennial in 2018, Westinghouse Park is a 10.2-acre city park situated in Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhood of Point Breeze North.

Here are two bird’s eye views of the park today.

From 1871 to 1918, the site was “Solitude,” the estate of George Westinghouse Jr. and his wife Marguerite, pictured with her younger sister.

In 1871, George Westinghouse was already a prosperous, self-made man of 25 when he purchased a house and 5-acre parcel along the Pennsylvania Railroad’s mainline 6 miles east of downtown Pittsburgh, between Murtland Street and Lang Avenue. The location was appropriate; the railroad was Westinghouse’s primary customer and also his way to get around both the county and the country.

Over the next decade, he and Marguerite enlarged their house, and when they acquired the adjacent 5-acre parcel, Westinghouse expanded his estate up to Thomas Boulevard. He also had a private railroad siding at the Homewood Station immediately across Lang Avenue.

Here’s how the property looked in 1890.

Although the photograph says 1867, the image actually dates to 1887.

As the photo caption indicated, Westinghouse also had a new stable building erected, with a steam power generator, as indicated by the huge brick chimney. Beneath the stable was his private, tile-lined laboratory.

And here are other historic photos of Solitude’s mansion and grounds.

The young ginkgo tree in set center of the picture still stands today.

And to go between his house and his ‘inner sanctum,” Westinghouse had a 220-foot tunnel dug between the two. Measuring eight feet high from floor to ceiling and five feet wide at floor level, the brick-lined, bee-hive shaped tunnel remains entirely intact for its entire length. The image below shows the north end of the tunnel, where it entered the house, blocked by the rubble created when Solitude was razed in 1919.

During the four decades Westinghouse lived and worked at Solitude, numerous notable politicians, industrialists, and scientists came to visit, including Congressman and future President William McKinley and Britain’s Lord Kelvin. Nicola Tesla, the AC electricity theorist, lived at Solitude for several months while helping to develop a practical AC system that would work with his motors and generators. Marguerite’s frequent parties and soirees were the apex of Pittsburgh society. Other visitors included neighbors like H. C. Frick and H. J. Heinz.

But perhaps the most notable historic event that happened on Solitude was the 1884 discovery of a huge pocket of natural gas in several wells Westinghouse had drilled in his own back yard.

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After both George and Marguerite died in 1914, Solitude was bequeathed to their only child, George III, who in turn sold the property to the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania in 1918. The society deeded the estate to the city for a dollar to be used as a public park and memorial to Westinghouse. The following summer, the Solitude mansion was razed, and the park was developed. This deconstruction ad of items for sale provides a glimpse of Solitude’s grandeur.

In the early 1960s, the stables were also torn down and replaced by the present cement block structure. Other than stone columns at old entrances, the only vestiges of Solitude that remain above ground are several copses of magnificent red oak and ginkgo trees.

Below ground is another matter.

Please scroll through posts below for continuing and chronological information about what’s going on in Westinghouse Park and efforts to remember and honor George Westinghouse. You can also follow us on FaceBook @ Westinghouse Park.

The Westinghouse Park “What’s the .5 K” Is Back

Saturday, October 1, 2022

11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Race time 1:00

Registration now open

The registration fee of $20 includes tee shirt, a timing bib and tag, donuts, and tons of entertainment. Proceeds support the upkeep and beautification of the park and arboretum.

Check out this video from the 2021 running of the Westinghouse Park What’s the .5 K


And this article from PRINT

And this article from Shady Ave Magazine

The Not So Great Race

Westinghouse Park Arboretum

On October 6, 2021, the 175th anniversary of the birth of George Westinghouse, Westinghouse Park was certified as a Level 1 Arboretum by ArbNet. As part of this process, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Forestry tagged the 33 trees shown on the map and key below. Note the two new trees at #33, both Brackens Brown Beauty Magnolias, that were planted on October 6, to celebrate the arboretum and honor George and Marguerite Westinghouse. Two Yellowwood trees planted for Arbor Day 2022 are not shown.

Westinghouse Park has more than 175 trees, representing 38 individual species. For a key and map that can help identify any tree in the Arboretum, see below.

The following lists and map based on the park’s 2020 tree survey can help you identify any of the Arboretum’s trees.

Westinghouse Park Arboretum Tree Key

* denotes trees of historic significance

Primary Groupings

Grouping 1 – Thomas Boulevard Street trees (Yellow Buckeye and Horse chestnut: trees 002 – 020)

Grouping 2 – Inside Park along Thomas Boulevard (Yoshino Cherry: trees 022 – 033)

Grouping 3 – Maple grove at corner of Thomas and Lang (Red Maple: trees 035, 040, 042, 062, 081), (Sugar Maple: trees 038, 043, 57, 056, 057, 069, 074), (Norway Maple: trees 059 and 076), (Freeman Maple: trees 012,013, 015, 017, 018 and 019)

Grouping 4 – Flanking the historic main drive of Solitude – (Mostly Freeman Maple: trees 112, 113, 115, 117,118, and 119) with (Cork: tree 114)

Grouping 5 – Along the rear of park (mostly Horsechestnut:  124 – 126, 130, 136 – 138, 140, 148, 149 and 153)

Grouping 6 – At the park entrance where McPherson meets Murtland (Pinoaks: trees 104, 105, 175 – 177*)

Individual species represented

  1. Sweetbay Magnolia – (001 and 021) 
  2. Red Oak – (034, 036, 039, 041)
  3. Sawtooth Oak – (060, 067*)
  4. Chinkapin Oak – (078, 079)
  5. Swamp White Oak – (044)
  6. Pin Oak – (82, 083, 084, *096) 
  7. Corktree – (061, 110, 114)
  8. Zelkovia – (064, 065, 066)
  9. Tuliptree – (070, 071, 103, 107, 177)
  10.  London Plane – (072, 161, 162, 165)
  11.  European Hornbeam – (075)
  12.  Cedar of Lebanon – (086)
  13.  Alaska Cedar – (100, 120)
  14.  American Linden – (088)
  15.  American Sweetgum – (092, 106, 166, 167)
  16.  Gingko – (095, 096 *)
  17.  Japanese Pagoda Tree – (097)
  18.  Dawn Redwood – (101,102, 171, 172, 173)
  19.  Loblolly Pine – (121,122,123)
  20.  Crabapple – (127, 128)
  21.  Elm – (139, 141, 150)
  22.  Katsura – (163, 164)
  23.  Pear – (129)
  24.  Serviceberry – (073)
  25.  Horse Chestnut – (007, 008, 009, 124, 125, 126, 130, 136, 137, 138, 140, 142, 148 149, 153, and 174)
  26.  Yellow Buckeye – (002, 003 004, 005, 006, 010, 011, 012, 014, 015, 016, 017, 018, 019, 0202, and 144)
  27.  Ohio Buckeye  (013)
  28.  Yoshino Cherry – (022, 023, 024, 025, 026, 027, 028, 029, 030, 031, 032, and 033) 
  29.  Flowering Cherry – (089)
  30.  Red Maple – (035, 040, 042, 055, 062, and 079)
  31.  Silver Maple – (038, 043, 57, 056, 057, 069, 074)
  32.  Sycamore Maple – (093)
  33.  Norway Maple (059, 076, 077 080, 087, 089, 091, 099, 011, 116, 131, 155, 156, 158, 160, and 170)
  34.  Freeman Maple – (012,013, 015, 017, 018, 019, 112, 113, 115, 117,118, 119) 
  35.  Sugar Maple – (038, 043, 056, 057, 069, 074, 085, 090, 098, 108, 109, 178, 179)
  36.  Bracken Brown Beauty Magnolia – (133 and 134)
  37. Yellow Wood – (135 and 136 not shown)
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Key for Westinghouse Park Tree Census based on above map.

Ignore the U that precedes each number on the map.

001Magnolia, SweetbayMagnolia virginiana
002Buckeye, YellowAesculus flava
003Buckeye, YellowAesculus flava
004Buckeye, YellowAesculus flava
005Buckeye, YellowAesculus flava
006Buckeye, YellowAesculus flava
007HorsechestnutAesculus hippocastanum
008HorsechestnutAesculus hippocastanum
009HorsechestnutAesculus hippocastanum
010Buckeye, YellowAesculus flava
011Buckeye, YellowAesculus flava
012Buckeye, YellowAesculus flava
013Buckeye, OhioAesculus glabra
014Buckeye, YellowAesculus flava
015Buckeye, YellowAesculus flava
016Buckeye, YellowAesculus flava
017Buckeye, YellowAesculus flava
018Buckeye, YellowAesculus flava
019Buckeye, YellowAesculus flava
020Buckeye, YellowAesculus flava
021Magnolia, SweetbayMagnolia virginiana
022Cherry, YoshinoPrunus yedoensis
023Cherry, YoshinoPrunus yedoensis
024Cherry, YoshinoPrunus yedoensis
025Cherry, YoshinoPrunus yedoensis
026Cherry, YoshinoPrunus yedoensis
027Cherry, YoshinoPrunus yedoensis
028Cherry, YoshinoPrunus yedoensis
029Cherry, YoshinoPrunus yedoensis
030Cherry, YoshinoPrunus yedoensis
031Cherry, YoshinoPrunus yedoensis
032Cherry, YoshinoPrunus yedoensis
033Cherry, YoshinoPrunus yedoensis
034Oak, RedQuercus rubra
035Maple, RedAcer rubrum
036Oak, RedQuercus rubra
038Maple, SugarAcer saccharum
039Oak, RedQuercus rubra
040Maple, RedAcer rubrum
041Oak, RedQuercus rubra
042Maple, RedAcer rubrum
043Maple, SugarAcer saccharum
044Oak, Swamp WhiteQuercus bicolor
055Maple, RedAcer rubrum
056Maple, SugarAcer saccharum
057Maple, SugarAcer saccharum
058CorktreePhellodendron amurense
059Maple, NorwayAcer platanoides
060Oak, SawtoothQuercus acutissima
061CorktreePhellodendron amurense
062Maple, RedAcer rubrum
063CrabappleMalus species
064ZelkovaZelkova serrata
065ZelkovaZelkova serrata
066ZelkovaZelkova serrata
067Oak, SawtoothQuercus acutissima
068CrabappleMalus species
069Maple, SugarAcer saccharum
070TuliptreeLiriodendron tulipifera
071TuliptreeLiriodendron tulipifera
072Plane, LondonPlatanus x acerifolia
073ServiceberryAmelanchier laevis
074Maple, SugarAcer saccharum
075Hornbeam, EuropeanCarpinus betula
076Maple, NorwayAcer platanoides
077Maple, NorwayAcer platanoides
078Oak, ChinkapinQuercus muehlenbergii
079Oak, ChinkapinQuercus muehlenbergii
080Maple, NorwayAcer platanoides
081Maple, SilverAcer saccharinum
082Oak, PinQuercus palustris
083Oak, PinQuercus palustris
084Oak, PinQuercus palustris
085Maple, SugarAcer saccharum
086Cedar of LebanonCedrus libani
087Maple, NorwayAcer platanoides
088Linden, AmericanTilia americana
089Cherry, FloweringPrunus species
090Maple, SugarAcer saccharum
091Maple, NorwayAcer platanoides
092SweetgumLiquidambar styraciflua
093Maple, SycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus
094GinkgoGinkgo biloba
095GinkgoGinkgo biloba
096Oak, PinQuercus palustris
097Pagoda TreeStyphnolobium japonicum
098Maple, SugarAcer saccharum
099Maple, NorwayAcer platanoides
100Cedar, AlaskaCupressus nootkatensis
101Redwood, DawnMetasequoia glyptostroboides
102Redwood, DawnMetasequoia glyptostroboides
103TuliptreeLiriodendron tulipifera
104Oak, PinQuercus palustris
105Oak, PinQuercus palustris
106SweetgumLiquidambar styraciflua
107TuliptreeLiriodendron tulipifera
108Maple, SugarAcer saccharum
109Maple, SugarAcer saccharum
110CorktreePhellodendron amurense
111Maple, NorwayAcer platanoides
112Maple, FreemanAcer x freemanii
113Maple, FreemanAcer x freemanii
114CorktreePhellodendron amurense
115Maple, FreemanAcer x freemanii
116Maple, NorwayAcer platanoides
117Maple, FreemanAcer x freemanii
118Maple, FreemanAcer x freemanii
119Maple, FreemanAcer x freemanii
120Cedar, AlaskaCupressus nootkatensis
121Pine, LoblollyPinus taeda
122Pine, LoblollyPinus taeda
123Pine, LoblollyPinus taeda
124HorsechestnutAesculus hippocastanum
125HorsechestnutAesculus hippocastanum
126HorsechestnutAesculus hippocastanum
127CrabappleMalus species
128CrabappleMalus species
129PearPyrus communis
130HorsechestnutAesculus hippocastanum
131Maple, NorwayAcer platanoides
132Oak, PinQuercus palustris
133Oak, PinQuercus palustris
134Oak, PinQuercus palustris
135Oak, PinQuercus palustris
136HorsechestnutAesculus hippocastanum
137HorsechestnutAesculus hippocastanum
138HorsechestnutAesculus hippocastanum
139ElmUlmus sp
140HorsechestnutAesculus hippocastanum
141ElmUlmus sp
142HorsechestnutAesculus hippocastanum
143Oak, PinQuercus palustris
144Buckeye, YellowAesculus flava
145Oak, PinQuercus palustris
146Oak, PinQuercus palustris
147Oak, PinQuercus palustris
148HorsechestnutAesculus hippocastanum
149HorsechestnutAesculus hippocastanum
150ElmUlmus sp
151Oak, PinQuercus palustris
152Oak, PinQuercus palustris
153HorsechestnutAesculus hippocastanum
154Oak, PinQuercus palustris
155Maple, NorwayAcer platanoides
156Maple, NorwayAcer platanoides
157Oak, PinQuercus palustris
158Maple, NorwayAcer platanoides
159Maple, NorwayAcer platanoides
160Maple, NorwayAcer platanoides
161Plane, LondonPlatanus x acerifolia
162Plane, LondonPlatanus x acerifolia
163KatsuraCercidiphyllum japonicum
164KatsuraCercidiphyllum japonicum
165Plane, LondonPlatanus x acerifolia
166SweetgumLiquidambar styraciflua
167SweetgumLiquidambar styraciflua
168TuliptreeLiriodendron tulipifera
169Oak, PinQuercus palustris
170Maple, NorwayAcer platanoides
171Redwood, DawnMetasequoia glyptostroboides
172Redwood, DawnMetasequoia glyptostroboides
173Redwood, DawnMetasequoia glyptostroboides
174HorsechestnutAesculus hippocastanum
175Oak, PinQuercus palustris
176Oak, PinQuercus palustris
177TuliptreeLiriodendron tulipifera
177Oak, PinQuercus palustris
178Maple, SugarAcer saccharum
179Maple, RedAcer rubrum
180Bracken’s Brown BeautyMagnolia Grandiflora
181Bracken’s Brown BeautyMagnolia Grandiflora

Open Streets Pittsburgh comes to the park on July 30

It’s been four years since its last visit to Westinghouse Park.

Come Join the fun.

OpenStreetsPGH comes to Homewood, Larimer, East Liberty, Shadyside, and 
North Point Breeze on Saturday, July 30, from 10:00 – 2:00

● OpenStreetsPGH is a free community event that opens miles of streets for people of all ages to walk, run, bike, roll, and explore spaces that would otherwise be used by motor vehicles.
● Journey through five East End neighborhoods, three bustling business districts, local parks, and greenspaces.
● This event series is organized by BikePGH, a registered 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit, that works on behalf of the Pittsburgh community to make the city safe and accessible for everyone to bike, walk, and roll.
● Enjoy activity stations, vendors, performers, and special promotions presented by local businesses and organizations along our longest route, a 4.4 mile loop.
● Get moving at free YMCA fitness classes every hour at the Health & Wellness Hub in Mellon Spray Park lot
● “Learn to Ride” with BikePGH and Switch and Signal Skatepark at the Kids & Family Hub on Broad St / Centre.
● Enjoy food, beverages, and live music at the Arts & Culture Hub on N. Homewood Ave / Kelly St.

● Look for the green and yellow BikePGH info tents around the route to purchase event merchandise and learn more about how you can get involved with the movement for safer streets.

● Full schedule of activities and partners to be announced at 


● The 4.4-mile route extends from S. Highland to Broad St, Frankstown Ave to N. Homewood Ave, and Thomas Blvd to Fifth Ave connecting back to S. Highland, making a full loop.
● Activity areas: Health & Wellness Hub at Fifth and Beechwood Blvd (Mellon Spray Park), Kids & Family Hub at Broad and Centre Ave in E. Liberty, and Arts & Culture Hub at N. Homewood Ave and Kelly St in Homewood.
● OpenStreetsPGH does not necessitate a complete street closure. Car drivers can cross the route at several intersections listed online on the Route Map and indicated on-site with the presence of signage and intersection teams.

● Route information can be found at www.OpenStreetsPGH.org/route


● OpenStreetsPGH is inspired by the open streets movement – a global phenomenon promoting healthy outdoor activity and community engagement using city streets. Pittsburgh is one of hundreds of cities worldwide (over 100 in North America alone) that hold open streets events.The event is organized by Bike Pittsburgh and is made possible through major support from UPMC Health Plan. Additional support is provided by Green Mountain Energy, Zero Fossil, Spin, Google, Aurora, Pittsburgh Regional Transit, Whole Foods, Xfinity, Velo.AI Inc., Motional, City Paper, Walnut Capital, Cannondale, Public Source, and more