Elmore Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Elmore Street
Neighborhoods Middle Hill, Terrace Village
Porter Street (until 1910)
Portion Between Webster Avenue and Wylie Avenue
Origin of name William Porter
Charles Street (until 1916)
Origin of name Maybe Charles Irwin

This street appears in the 1852 map of R. E. McGowin in two pieces: Porter Street, between Webster Street and Duncan Street (now Webster Avenue and Wylie Avenue), and Charles Street, between Centre Avenue and Reed Street.[1]

Porter Street was laid out in 1851 by William Porter.[2]

Charles Street was the eastern edge of a plan of lots laid out in 1870 for C. H. Love[3] and the western edge of a plan of lots notarized in 1876 for John S. and Rose Irwin,[4] but McGowin's map demonstrates that the street had been laid out and named some two decades earlier. Two maps from the 1872 Hopkins atlas, one of which shows Love's plan and the other of which does not, indicate that Love bought his land from Charles Irwin,[5] who may have been the Charles honored by the street name.

At the end of 1873, a City Council committee recommended a set of street name changes to fix duplicates. This list included the renaming of "Porter alley, Wylie to Webster avenue," to Page Alley.[6][7] But this proposal was apparently abandoned. When an ordinance was finally passed in 1881 to straighten out the city's street names, the list included both Porter Street and Charles Street. (It did rename a different Porter Alley.)[8]

In the 1900 Hopkins atlas, Porter and Charles Streets are still separated,[9] but the 1906 edition shows that Charles Street had been extended to Wylie Avenue, connecting the two streets.[10] Porter Street was made part of Charles Street in 1910.[11]

Charles Street was renamed Elmore Street in 1916.[12]

See also

References

  1. 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. https://collections.lib.uwm.edu/digital/collection/agdm/id/32269/. [view source]mcgowin-1852
  2. "Wm. Porters plan of lots in the 7th Ward Pittsburgh being a subdivision of lots 1–2 & 3 and a part of the Wilson Farm in A. C. Reeds third plan of out lots." Laid out Jan. 31, 1851; recorded Jan. 31, 1851, Plan Book 2, p. 40. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778280. [view source]wm-porter-plan
  3. "Plan of building lots situate in the 13th Ward City of Pittsburgh: Laid out for C. H. Love Esq." Laid out May 21, 1870; recorded Mar. 22, 1872, Plan Book 4, p. 191. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778962. [view source]love-1872-03-22-plan
  4. "Plan of lots laid out by John S. Irwin and Rose Irwin: Adjoining the Seventh Ward Pittsburgh on Centre Ave." Notarized Sept. 5, 1876; recorded in Plan Book 6, p. 109. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3779356. [view source]john-rose-irwin-plan
  5. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, pp. 36–37, 43. 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
  6. "Street nomenclature: The changes proposed by the committee." Pittsburgh Commercial, Dec. 30, 1873, [p. 4]. Newspapers.com 85549642. [view source]street-nomenclature
  7. "Notice—the following ordinances relative to Street Improvements is [sic] published for information, in accordance with the provisions of Section 6 of an Act of Assembly, entitled 'a further Supplement to an act entitled an act concerning Streets and Sewers in the City of Pittsburgh,' approved March 20th, 1873." Pittsburgh Gazette, Jan. 5, 1874, [p. 4]. Newspapers.com 86344686. [view source]ordinances-relative-to-street-improvements
  8. "An ordinance establishing the names of avenues, streets, lanes and alleys of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1881, no. 33. Passed Feb. 28, 1881; approved Mar. 4, 1881. Ordinance Book 5, p. 212. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select and Common Councils of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1880, pp. 213–234, Herald Printing Co., Pittsburgh, 1881 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1880). [view source]ordinance-1881-33
  9. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 3, plate 17. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1900. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1900-volume-3-plat-book-pittsburgh. [view source]hopkins-1900-vol-3
  10. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 3, plate 11. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1906. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1906-volume-3-plat-book-pittsburgh; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1906-vol-3
  11. "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; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1909). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 19, 1910, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86611990, 86612022), Apr. 20, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86612278, 86612297), and Apr. 21, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86612601, 86612625). [view source]ordinance-1910-715
  12. "An ordinance changing the names of Charles street and Elmore way in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1916, no. 517. Passed Nov. 21, 1916; approved Nov. 23, 1916. Ordinance Book 28, p. 175. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1916, appendix, p. 232, Eureka Printing Company, Pittsburgh, 1916 (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1916). [view source]ordinance-1916-517