East Liberty Boulevard

From Pittsburgh Streets
Not to be confused with Liberty Avenue or West Liberty Avenue.
East Liberty Boulevard
Neighborhoods East Liberty, Larimer
Origin of name Neighborhood of East Liberty
Margaret Avenue (1852 – ca. 1870)
Margaretta Street (ca. 1870 – 1969)
Hoeveler Street (ca. 1870 – 1969)
Origin of name Clemence Hoeveler
Hamilton Avenue (until 1969)
Origin of name Probably Alexander Hamilton

The 1862 map of S. N. and F. W. Beers, in the East Liberty inset, shows two streets in the location of modern East Liberty Boulevard. The street west of Highland Avenue is named Margaret Avenue,[1] which had been laid out by William O. Leslie in 1852.[2] The street to the east of Highland Avenue is unlabeled.

By 1872 Margaret Avenue had been renamed Margaretta Street, and the street to the east of Highland Avenue had been named Hoeveler Street.[3]

Hoeveler Street was named for Clemence (or Clement) Hoeveler, who lived on Highland Avenue just north of the street.[4][5][1][6] Hoeveler was born in Germany before 1820 and came to the United States with his mother and siblings in 1837.[7][8][9][10][11][6] He and his brothers William and Augustus went into the grocery business,[7][8][10][11][6] running three stores: one on the Greensburg Pike (today Penn Avenue at 14th Street), one on Wylie Avenue, and one on the Fourth Street Road (today Fifth Avenue).[9][10][11] George H. Thurston's 1856 directory lists A. and C. Hoeveler as glue manufacturers in East Liberty.[12] Hoeveler founded the German Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh in 1862 and served as its first president until his death.[9][10][13] Clemence Hoeveler died in 1882.[9][6]

In 1968, the Urban Redevelopment Authority announced plans to build East Liberty Boulevard, following the course of Margaretta Street, Hoeveler Street, and part of Hamilton Avenue.[14] The street names were officially changed in 1969.[15]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 S. N. & F. W. Beers. Map of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Smith, Gallup & Hewitt, Philadelphia, 1862. LCCN 2012592151; 1862 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]beers
  2. "Plan of building lots, laid out by Wm. O. Leslie, Esq. in the village of East Liberty, Allegheny County Penna. surveyed and subdivided by Heastings and Preiser, civil engineers and land surveyors, Pittsburgh, Pa." Recorded July 9, 1852, Plan Book 2, p. 16. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778313. [view source]wm-o-leslie-plan
  3. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, pp. 61, 70. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1872-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1872
  4. Death Record. Pittsburg Press, June 23, 1908, p. 4. Newspapers.com 142192495. [view source]death-record-1908-06-23
  5. Sidney & Neff and S. McRea. Map of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with the Names of Property-Holders. Philadelphia, 1851. LCCN 2012592150. [view source]sidney-neff
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 John Fulton Stuart Collins, Jr. "Stringtown on the Pike": Tales and history of East Liberty and the East Liberty Valley of Pennsylvania: Its origin, early struggles and the people who shaped its destiny, past and present, together with related stories of old "Pittsburg" coincident with the settlement of "Stringtown," p. 67. East Liberty Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh. LCCN 65027412. [view source]stringtown
  7. 7.0 7.1 History of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania: With illustrations descriptive of its scenery, palatial residences, public buildings, fine blocks and important manufactories, from original sketches by artists of the highest ability, p. 191. L. H. Everts & Co., Philadelphia, 1876. Historic Pittsburgh 00aee8639m. [view source]durant
  8. 8.0 8.1 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, p. 545. A. Warner & Co., Chicago, 1889. Google Books DwzYAAAAMAAJ; Internet Archive historyofalleghe1889cush. [view source]history-of-allegheny-county
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 George Irving Reed, Andrew A. Lambing, and Eli Sheldon Glover, eds. Century Cyclopedia of History and Biography of Pennsylvania, vol. 2, pp. 23–24. Century Publishing and Engraving Company, Chicago, 1904. Google Books _s4wAQAAMAAJ; Historic Pittsburgh 31735060396227. [view source]century-2
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 John W. Jordan, ed. A Century and a Half of Pittsburg and Her People: Genealogical memoirs of the leading families of Pittsburg and vicinity, vol. 3, pp. 235–236. Lewis Publishing Company, 1908. HathiTrust 008651569; Historic Pittsburgh 03awn7797m; Internet Archive centuryandhalfof03bouc. [view source]pittsburg-and-her-people-3
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 John W. Jordan. Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biography, vol. IV, p. 1339. Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1915. Internet Archive encyclopediaofpe04jord; https://digital.libraries.psu.edu/digital/collection/digitalbks2/id/1638. [view source]ency-pa-biog-4
  12. George H. Thurston. Directory for 1856–'57, of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Cities, Birmingham, East Birmingham, South & West Pittsburgh, Temperanceville, Manchester, Duquesne and Lawrenceville Boroughs, East Liberty, and Parts of Pitt and Collins Townships. George H. Thurston, Pittsburgh, 1856, p. 303. Google Books HwYuAAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 011562263; Historic Pittsburgh 31735038289074. [view source]thurston-1856
  13. "Insurance news and persons: German Fire Insurance Company celebrates its fiftieth anniversary—has prosperous career." Pittsburgh Post, Mar. 28, 1912, p. 13. Newspapers.com 87695830. [view source]insurance-news
  14. "East Liberty Boulevard to be built." Pittsburgh Press, Mar. 1, 1968, [p. 2]. Newspapers.com 148887064. [view source]e-lib-blvd-to-be-built
  15. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues and streets in the Urban Redevelopment Area No. 10, in the Eleventh and Twelfth Wards of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1969, no. 558. Passed Oct. 14, 1969; approved Oct. 21, 1969. Ordinance Book 71, p. 86. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh: For the year 1969, appendix, pp. 372–373, Park Printing, Inc., Pittsburgh (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1969). [view source]ordinance-1969-558