Glenbury Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Glenbury Street
Neighborhood Overbrook
Frederick Street (1872–1929)
Fairhaven Avenue (ca. 1890 – ca. 1920)
Origin of name Community of Fairhaven
Rohm Avenue (1929–1930)
Origin of name Bruce Rohm

A township road in the location of modern Glenbury Street appears in maps of Allegheny County from 1851 and 1862.[1][2]

In 1872, the Pittsburgh and Castle Shannon Railroad laid out a plan of lots called Fairhaven. One of the streets in the plan, Frederick Street, was laid out along part of the township road.[3][4]

The 1892 Fairhaven Place plan of I. H. Aaron labeled the road Fair Haven Avenue.[5] This name apparently applied to the part of the road north of Cole Alley (modern Kohen Street), while Frederick Street lay to the south.[6] The name was soon written as Fairhaven Avenue, without the space.[7]

The 1916 Hopkins atlas shows "Frederick (Fairhaven) Ave." in the north, with the two names splitting in the south: Fairhaven Avenue followed modern Glenbury Street, while Frederick Street was modern Seldon Street.[8]

Overbrook Borough was annexed by the city of Pittsburgh on January 6, 1930.[9] One of the last acts of the Overbrook Council, on December 19, 1929, was to rename 19 streets to honor local citizens (including many of the councilmen themselves); Frederick Street was changed to Rohm Avenue to honor Bruce Rohm, a councilman.[10][11][12] Many of these new street names did not last long, for a Pittsburgh city ordinance was passed a few months after the annexation, changing the names again; Rohm Avenue became Glenbury Street.[13]

The 1934 Hopkins atlas gives the full spectrum of names for this street: Glenbury, Fairhaven, Frederick, "Township Rd.," and Rohm (mispelled "Rhom").[14]


  1. Sidney & Neff and S. McRea. Map of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with the Names of Property-Holders. Philadelphia, 1851. LCCN 2012592150. [view source]sidney-neff
  2. S. N. & F. W. Beers. Map of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Smith, Gallup & Hewitt, Philadelphia, 1862. LCCN 2012592151; 1862 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]beers
  3. "Fairhaven plan of lots in Baldwin Township Allegheny Co. Pa.: Laid out for the Pittsburgh and Castle Shannon R. R. Co. on line of their road by R. L. McCully." Recorded May 13, 1872, Plan Book 4, pp. 216–217. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778980. [view source]fairhaven-plan
  4. Atlas of the Vicinity of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, Pennsylvania, plate 19. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1886.; included in the 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1886
  5. "Fairhaven Place plan of lots as laid out by I. H. Aaron and situate in Baldwin Twp, Allegheny County, Pa." Recorded Oct. 19, 1892, Plan Book 13, pp. 92–93. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3780830. [view source]fairhaven-place-plan
  6. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, Penna., plates 3, 4. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1896.; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1896
  7. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, plate 10. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1905.; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1905
  8. Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 6, plate 26. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1916, revised 1922 and 1928.; included in the 1923 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1916-vol-6
  9. Mark A. Connelly. "Overbrook Borough–Pittsburgh City 1930 Merger." Local Geohistory Project. [view source]lgeo-overbrook-annexation
  10. "Street names changed in Overbrook: Council honors native sons in arrangement; hold last meeting tonight." Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, Dec. 20, 1929, p. 30. 522909647. [view source]street-names-changed-in-overbrook
  11. "Overbrook's swan song names streets for bosses: Last meeting of council before joining Pittsburgh honors favorite sons; drop Harding's name for local politician." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 20, 1929, pp. 1, 6. 89866081, 89866093. [view source]overbrooks-swan-song
  12. "Nice new street names arouse Overbrook's ire." Pittsburgh Press, Dec. 20, 1929, [p. 35]. 141337518. [view source]nice-new-street-names
  13. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, boulevards, streets, roads, alleys and ways in the 32nd Ward of the City of Pittsburgh (formerly Overbrook Borough)." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1930, no. 170. Passed Apr. 21, 1930; approved Apr. 25, 1930. Ordinance Book 42, p. 465. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh: For the year 1930, appendix, pp. 186–189, City Printing Company, Pittsburgh (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1930). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 3, 1930, p. 29 ( 88826006), and May 5, p. 27 ( 88826102). [view source]ordinance-1930-170
  14. Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 9, pp. 11–13. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1934, revised 1940. [view source]hopkins-1934-vol-9