Chatham Square

From Pittsburgh Streets
Not to be confused with Chatham Street, a short street between Bigelow Boulevard and Centre Avenue downtown.
Chatham Square
Neighborhood Bluff
Origin of name William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham
Chestnut Street (until 1910)
Origin of name Chestnut tree
Hooper Street (1910–1980)
Origin of name M. J. Hooper

This street was originally named Chestnut Street or Chesnut Street.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] It was renamed Hooper Street in 1910 as part of a renaming of over 900 streets in order to eliminate duplicates; the name Chestnut conflicted with Chestnut Street on the North Side.[8] The name honored Councilman M. J. Hooper.[9][10] It was renamed again to Chatham Square in 1980.[11] This name recalls William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (1708–1778), who is also the eponym of Pittsburgh itself.

See also


  1. Jean Barbeau and Lewis Keyon. Map of Pittsburgh and Its Environs. N. B. Molineux, Pittsburgh, 1830. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0576; [view source]barbeau
  2. S. N. & F. W. Beers. Map of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Smith, Gallup & Hewitt, Philadelphia, 1862. LCCN 2012592151; 1862 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]beers
  3. The Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny, with Parts of Adjacent Boroughs, Pennsylvania. 1855. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0089;; 1855 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( In George W. Colton, Colton's Atlas of the World: Illustrating physical and political geography, J. H. Colton & Co., New York, 1856 ( [view source]colton
  4. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  5. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882.; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1882
  6. Atlas of Greater Pittsburgh. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1910.; 1910 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1910
  7. Lewis Keyon. Map of Pittsburgh and Its Environs. Johnston & Stockton, Pittsburgh, 1835. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0577; 1835 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]keyon
  8. "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. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1909–1910, appendix, pp. 312–328, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1910 (Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223832; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1909). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 19, 1910, pp. 10–11 ( 86611990, 86612022), Apr. 20, pp. 10–11 ( 86612278, 86612297), and Apr. 21, pp. 10–11 ( 86612601, 86612625). [view source]ordinance-1910-715
  9. "Citizens will be strangers: Hard to locate homes after city streets are renamed." Pittsburgh Post, July 28, 1909, pp. 1–2. 86422549, 86422563. [view source]citizens-will-be-strangers
  10. "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. 85879633. [view source]making-a-joke
  11. "Resolution changing the name of Hooper St. from Forbes Ave. to Fifth Ave. in the 1st Ward of the City of Pittsburgh to Chatham Square." Pittsburgh city resolution, 1980, no. 942. Approved Sept. 19, 1980. Reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 26, 1980, p. 13 ( 88790850). [view source]resolution-1980-942