Pittsburgh Streets

Washington Boulevard

Neighborhoods: Highland Park, Homewood West, Larimer, Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar

Washington Boulevard used to be part of Beechwood Boulevard. The segment of Beechwood Boulevard from Frankstown Avenue to the Haights Run Bridge was renamed Washington Boulevard in 1910.[1, 3, 4] Previously, the Daughters of the American Revolution had proposed changing the name of Fifth Avenue east of downtown to Washington Avenue, but this was opposed by Mayor William A. Magee, and the name of Fifth Avenue was not changed.[1, 2, 5]


[1]“Fifth avenue’s name will not be changed: Beechwood boulevard is to be called William Pitt boulevard.” Pittsburgh Post, Jan. 22, 1910, p. 14. Newspapers.com 93557559.

[2]“Making a joke of street names: Clerks assigned to wipe out duplications choose any old titles: Hippo, Tumbo, Fortitude!: Also Divinity, Sunday, Starch, Parkhurst, Chianti, Wry and Prudence.” Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 28, 1909, p. 2. Newspapers.com 85879633.

[3]“An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh.” Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1910, no. 715. Passed Mar. 31, 1910; approved Apr. 5, 1910. Ordinance Book 21, p. 342. Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 19, 1910, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86611990, 86612022), Apr. 20, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86612278, 86612297), and Apr. 21, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86612601, 86612625).

[4]“Removal of hump approved: Street widening and renaming bills also go through committees: Liggett files protest: Declares Diamond street proposition will cost city $500,000 damages: Some new appellations.” Pittsburgh Post, Jan. 27, 1910, p. 2. Newspapers.com 87647082.

[5]“Want names retained of old city streets: Citizens object to changes in time-honored appellations: Speedy action is urged: Committee of councils asked to hasten task of eliminating duplicates.” Pittsburgh Post, Jan. 12, 1910, p. 7. Newspapers.com 93557403.