Arch Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Arch Street
Neighborhoods Allegheny Center, Central Northside
Beaver Street (1788–1871)
Montgomery Avenue (until 1967)
Sherman Avenue (until 1967)

Arch Street has three segments: the southernmost part, running north from Ridge Avenue; a short east–west connector; and the northern portion, mostly north of North Avenue.

The northern segment was originally part of Beaver Street, named on November 28, 1788, by a resolution of the Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The same resolution established the name of the town of Allegheny; the names Federal Street, Ohio Street, and Sandusky Street; and the names of six alleys and two lanes. The names were given by a committee consisting of "Mr. Woods, Mr. Redick and Mr. Dennison."[1] The original Beaver Street, which is today West Commons, appears in the 1788 map of the "Reserve Tract of Land Opposite Pittsburgh" (as the North Side was originally called).[2] By 1852 Beaver Street had been extended outside the original town of Allegheny, as far north as Jackson Street (today's Jacksonia Street).[3] Beaver Street was renamed Arch Street in 1871.[4][5]

In 1967, the "Allegheny Center Loop" was opened (consisting of North Commons, West Commons, South Commons, and East Commons).[6][7][8][9] This entailed the renaming of many streets. The southern part of Arch Street became West Commons. At the same time, the southern part of Sherman Avenue and a block of Montgomery Avenue were renamed Arch Street, giving Arch Street the jog that it has today.[6]

See also


  1. "Old state body laid out town of Allegheny: Executive council in 1788 fixed lot prices and furnished names for streets and alleys: Origin of the present parks." Pittsburg Press, Dec. 1, 1907, p. 32. 142120163. [view source]old-state-body
  2. Reserve Tract of Land Opposite Pittsburgh. L. J. Richards & Co., 1863. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0084. Reprinted in Dan Rooney and Carol Peterson, Allegheny City: A history of Pittsburgh's North Side, pp. 2–3, University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, 2013, ISBN 978-0-8229-4422-5 (LCCN 2012047727). A variation entitled City of Allegheny 100 Years Ago is reprinted in Walter C. Kidney and Arthur P. Ziegler, Jr., Allegheny, p. 2, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, 1975 (LCCN 75-43276), and in Allegheny City Society, Allegheny City, 1840–1907, pp. 10–11, Images of America, Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, S. C., 2007, ISBN 978-0-7385-5500-3 (LCCN 2007927944). [view source]reserve-tract
  3. R. E. McGowin. Map of the Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny and of the Boroughs of South-Pittsburgh, Birmingham, East-Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Duquesne & Manchester etc. Schuchman & Haunlein, Pittsburgh, 1852. [view source]mcgowin-1852
  4. "An ordinance changing the duplicated streets and alley names." Allegheny city ordinance, 1871. Enacted Apr. 27, 1871. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Gazette, May 4, 1871, p. 1 ( 86352849), May 5, [p. 4] ( 86352856), and May 6, [p. 4] ( 86352860). [view source]ordinance-1871-allegheny-duplicated
  5. History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: Including its early settlement and progress to the present time; a description of its historic and interesting localities; its cities, towns and villages; religious, educational, social and military history; mining, manufacturing and commercial interests; improvements, resources, statistics, etc.: Also portraits of some of its prominent men, and biographies of many of its representative citizens, part I, p. 358. A. Warner & Co., Chicago, 1889. Google Books DwzYAAAAMAAJ; Internet Archive historyofalleghe1889cush. [view source]history-of-allegheny-county
  6. 6.0 6.1 William M. Rimmel. Out of the Past. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 22, 1967, [p. 21]. 88351802. [view source]rimmel-commons
  7. "Uncommon confusion?: Allegheny 'Loop' opens in a week." Pittsburgh Press, Nov. 26, 1967, sec. 3, p. 7. 148899979. [view source]uncommon-confusion
  8. "Allegheny Commons Loop." Pittsburgh Press, Dec. 3, 1967, sec. 3, p. 8. 148954558. [view source]allegheny-commons-loop
  9. "1-way loop to surround N. S. center: All right turns to speed traffic effective today." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 4, 1967, p. 26. 88155232. [view source]1-way-loop