Garfield Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
See also Berry Street, part of which was originally named Garfield Avenue.
Garfield Avenue
Neighborhood Central Northside
Origin of name James A. Garfield
Coffee Street (until 1883)

This street was originally named Coffee Street.[1][2] It was renamed Garfield Avenue by an Allegheny city ordinance in 1883.[3] The name honors President James A. Garfield (1831–1881),[4] who had been assassinated two years before.


  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. [view source]mcgowin-1852
  2. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  3. "An ordinance changing the name of Coffee street to Garfield avenue." Allegheny city ordinance, 1883, no. 42. Passed Oct. 16, 1883; approved Oct. 22, 1883. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette, Oct. 23, 1883, p. 3 ( 85615120), and Oct. 24, p. 3 ( 85615141). [view source]ordinance-1883-42
  4. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 63. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan