Esplanade Street

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Esplanade Street
Neighborhood Central Northside
Fate Vacated in 1966

Esplanade Street ran for one block from East North Avenue to Hemlock Street, just west of James Street, on the site of the present Allegheny General Hospital. It was laid out in 1838 for George S. Johnston[1] and appears in the 1852 map of R. E. McGowin.[2] It was vacated in 1966.[3]

Several sources, beginning with Margaret Carlin in 1966, include it in lists of North Side streets named in commemoration of the Mexican–American War,[4][5][6][7] but this is an error. The street was laid out and named eight years before the beginning of that war. The origin of this association is unclear: there was no location or event in the Mexican–American War named "Esplanade," and Esplanade Street was some distance away from the Mexican War Streets district.


  1. "Draught of a subdivision into town lots of part of out lot № 143 and of the high rough land in the plan of the Reserve Tract Opposite Pittsburg: Now partly in the borough of Allegheny: Made for George S. Johnston." Laid out Aug. 7, 1838; recorded Aug. 18, 1838, Plan Book 1, p. 73. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778173. [view source]george-s-johnston-plan
  2. 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. [view source]mcgowin-1852
  3. "An ordinance vacating Esplanade Street, from North Avenue East to Hemlock Street; Porterfield Street, from a point 193.40 feet northwardly of North Avenue East to Hemlock Street, all in the Twenty-Second Ward of the City of Pittsburgh, abandoning sewer and water lines in all streets vacated therein." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1966, no. 321. Passed July 1, 1966; approved July 7, 1966. Ordinance Book 68, p. 121. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh: For the year 1966, appendix, p. 371, Park Printing, Inc., Pittsburgh (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1966). Reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 15, 1966, p. 24 ( 88718866); and in the Pittsburgh Press, July 15, 1966, p. 26 ( 149381619). [view source]ordinance-1966-321
  4. Margaret Carlin. "How our streets got their names." Pittsburgh Press, Feb. 6, 1966, Pittsburgh's Family Magazine, p. 10. 149098376. [view source]carlin
  5. Deborah Deasy. "A city street by any name spells history: The corners of time." Pittsburgh Press, Jan. 22, 1982, [p. A-16]. 146681316. [view source]deasy
  6. Joe Browne. "Streets are index of local history." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 28, 1983, p. 37. 89790718. [view source]browne-streets
  7. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 60. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan