Faust Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Faust Street
Neighborhood Sheraden
Origin of name Modification of earlier name, First
Pitcairn Street (1869–1880)
First Street (1880–1908)
Origin of name Numbering of streets in the borough of Sheraden

This street was originally Pitcairn Street, laid out in 1869 for N. P. Sawyer as part of the borough of Ashchenaz.[1] This was the "P" street in an alphabetical sequence of street names in Sawyer's plan that went from A to P (see Tybee Street).

In 1880 Ashchenaz was re-subdivided by Andrew Patterson and renamed Sheridan (later spelled Sheraden). In this new plan, the former Pitcairn Street became First Street.[2][3] Note that the streets were not numbered in the same order as the alphabetical sequence in the Ashchenaz plan.

The numbered streets of Sheraden formed two main sets. Within each set, the numbered streets were parallel to each other (with the exception of the irregularly shaped Eleventh Street, today part of Tuxedo Street), but the direction of the numbered streets in the first set (First through Tenth) was almost perpendicular to the direction of those in the second set (Eleventh through Sixteenth).[2][3]

The borough of Sheraden was annexed to the city of Pittsburgh in 1907.[4][5] Its numbered streets conflicted with the numbered streets downtown and in the Strip District, so they were renamed the next year; First Street became Faust Street.[6] The name is likely just a modification of First.

When Sheraden's numbered streets were renamed, most of the new names were chosen to begin with the same letter, giving rise to Pittsburgh's longest F–S–T sequence:

Original name Changed to
First Street Faust Street
Second Street Swatsworth Street (now Stanhope Street)
Third Street Tweed Street
Fourth Street Faulkner Street
Fifth Street Fairdale Street
Sixth Street Sutherland Street
Seventh Street [Aschenez Street (now Adon Street)]
Eighth Street Emporia Street
Ninth Street Newcomer Street
Tenth Street Turbett Street (now Tybee Street)
Eleventh Street Eliska Street
Twelfth Street Tuxedo Street
Thirteenth Street Thayer Street
Fourteenth Street Fadette Street
Fifteenth Street Faronia Street
Sixteenth Street [Middletown Road]

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  1. "Boro of Ashchenaz plan of lots situate in Chartiers Tow'p laid out for N. P. Sawyer." Laid out June 1869; recorded Sept. 21, 1880, Plan Book 6, pp. 223–225. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3779448. [view source]ashchenaz-plan
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Sheridan: Plan of lots situated in Chartiers Twp. Allegheny County Pa." Laid out Apr. 1880; recorded May 12, 1880, Plan Book 6, pp. 212–214. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3779433. [view source]sheridan-plan
  3. 3.0 3.1 Atlas of the Vicinity of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, Pennsylvania, plate 26. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1886. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1886-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; included in the 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1886
  4. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 11. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  5. Mark A. Connelly. "Sheraden Borough–Pittsburgh City 1907 Merger." Local Geohistory Project. https://www.localgeohistory.pro/en/pa/event/sheraden-borough-pittsburgh-city-1907-merger/. [view source]lgeo-sheraden-annexation
  6. "An ordinance changing and establishing the names of avenues, streets and alleys in the Forty-third ward (formerly the Borough of Sheraden) of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1908, no. 393. Passed July 9, 1908; approved July 13, 1908. Ordinance Book 19, p. 496. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1907–'08–'09, appendix, pp. 210–214, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1909 (Google Books gMBEAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust chi.096598897; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecordselect1907, Pghmunicipalrecordcommon1907). [view source]ordinance-1908-393