Polish Hill is located east of Downtown and is surrounded by Bedford Dwellings, the Hill District, Lawrenceville, the Strip District, and Bloomfield.
Recognizing that this hillside area overlooking the Allegheny River was within walking distance of the mills, Polish immigrants settled its winding streets and steep slopes in the late 1800s. In 1905, those same early settlers finished construction work on the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, which has since been designated a Pittsburgh landmark and remains the centerpiece of the neighborhood. Polish Hill is a close-knit neighborhood and has been home to many generations of the same families. Many of today's residents are the great-grandchildren of the original settlers.
Polish Hill residents do most of their shopping in Downtown Bloomfield, or the nearby Strip District. The refurbished West Penn Recreation Center, with its wide range of indoor and outdoor facilities, serves the neighborhood's leisure-time needs.
Polish Hill homes are a varied lot, including frame row houses, detached brick homes, suburban-style ranches, and brand new townhouses, all nestled into the hillside terrain of the neighborhood.