Colwell Street

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Colwell Street
Neighborhoods Central Business District, Crawford-Roberts
Origin of name Stephen Colwell

Colwell Street is named for Stephen Colwell.[1][2][3] He was born in Brooke County, Virginia (now West Virginia), in 1800. He studied law and was admitted to the bar of Ohio County, Virginia (also now West Virginia), in 1824. He came to Pittsburgh shortly thereafter, left the legal profession, and became an iron manufacturer. He was also an author and had an extensive library. In 1835 he laid out a plan of lots on both sides of Roberts Street, between Centre Avenue and Reed Street. This district was known at that time as Lacyville. Colwell eventually left Pittsburgh and moved to Philadelphia.[2]


  1. George T. Fleming. "Lacyville once a well known suburb: Home of Judge Samuel Roberts, a seminary and a hospital: Dr. Passavant's work." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Oct. 10, 1915, sec. 6, p. 2. 85897846. [view source]fleming-lacyville
  2. 2.0 2.1 George T. Fleming. "Reisville now forgotten name: Once thriving suburb called after a pioneer has long been incorporated into City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Dec. 19, 1915, sec. 5, p. 2. 85762040. [view source]fleming-reisville
  3. Mel Seidenberg. "Razing of old homestead starts 'New Hill' project: First of 1,300 houses to go tomorrow." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 30, 1956, p. 32. 90818742. [view source]razing