Perry North is a neighborhood in northern Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, about five miles from the heart of the downtown area. This community is also sometimes referred to as Observatory Hill, due to the fact that it hosts the Allegheny Observatory. It extends roughly to Ivory Avenue and Bascom Avenue on the north and Interstate 279 on the east. On the west and south, it extends to include all of the observatory land, and on the south it also envelopes part of Highwood Cemetery. Perry North is situated in the 15214 zip code area, within Allegheny County.
In addition to the Allegheny Observatory, Perry North hosts Riverview Park, a business district, and a large number of stately single-family homes. The community spans more than 1.5 square miles and has over 4,600 residents.
The Allegheny Observatory is one of the foremost astronomical research centers in the entire world, part of the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) Department of Physics and Astronomy. It is also designated as a historical landmark by the state and as a nationally registered historic place.
A variety of amenities can be found within a few miles south of Perry North, near the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. Among the cultural attractions found here are several live music venues, theaters, art galleries, and museums. Allegheny Commons, the city’s oldest park, is also situated here and hosts Lake Elizabeth, the National Aviary, Hazlett Theater, and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
Sports fans may head to the downtown area to visit PNC Park or Heinz Field. The latter is the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates MLB team, and the former is home to the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team.