Congress Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Congress Street
Neighborhood Central Business District
Origin of name United States Congress
Fate Eliminated in the late 1950s for the Civic Arena

Congress Street ran from Fifth Avenue at the present site of PPG Paints Arena to Webster Avenue near the former site of the Civic Arena. It was mentioned in 1837 in the Daily Pittsburgh Gazette[1] and appears in the 1845 map of R. E. M'Gowan.[2]

It was probably named for the United States Congress. In 1923, Annie Clark Miller wrote, "The street names Liberty, Union, Congress, Federal, Penn and Webster are reminiscent of the patriotic spirit of the early times."[3] Bob Regan includes "Congress" in his "Streets of Pittsburgh" crossword puzzle, clued as "The national legislative body of the United States."[4]

Congress Street was eliminated in the late 1950s as part of an urban renewal project to make way for the Civic Arena. See Epiphany Street for more about the demolition of the Lower Hill District.


  1. James Logan. "Allegheny County, ss." Daily Pittsburgh Gazette, June 10, 1837, [p. 2]. 96424008. [view source]sheriff-1837-06-10
  2. R. E. M'Gowan. Map of Pittsburgh & Vicinity: Designating the portion destroyed by fire, April 10, 1845. J. W. Cook, Pittsburgh, 1845. Published in the front matter of J. Heron Foster, A Full Account of the Great Fire at Pittsburgh, on the Tenth Day of April, 1845: With the individual losses, and contributions for relief, J. W. Cook, Pittsburgh, 1845 (Internet Archive fullaccountofgre00fost) and of O. Ormsby Gregg, Isaac Gregg, and Moses F. Eaton, Pittsburgh, Her Advantageous Position and Great Resources, as a Manufacturing and Commercial City, Embraced in a Notice of Sale of Real Estate, Johnson & Stockton, Pittsburgh, 1845 (Google Books nrJs-DDEN1sC; Historic Pittsburgh 00afu7810m). [view source]mcgowin-1845
  3. Annie Clark Miller. Early Land Marks and Names of Old Pittsburgh: An address delivered before the Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution at Carnegie Institute, Nov. 30, 1923, p. 23. Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill. [view source]miller
  4. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, pp. 183–186. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan