Gross Street

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Gross Street
Neighborhood Bloomfield
Origin of name Augustus H. Gross

Gross Street is named for Dr. Augustus H. Gross (1820–1878),[1][2] who once owned much of the land from Penn Avenue to Liberty Avenue between what are now Edmond Street and Aiken Avenue.[3]

Gross was born in Germany "near Hesse Cassel" in 1820. He immigrated to the United States around 1838 with his father, who was a physician. They lived on Penn Street (now Penn Avenue) for several years, and his father taught him medicine. His father later moved to Berlin, Pennsylvania, and Augustus moved to Indiana County but soon returned to Pittsburgh and settled in the East End. Here he practiced medicine with his partner, a Dr. Lewis.[1][2]

He was also active in politics. He was elected twice to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. After the East End was annexed by the City of Pittsburgh in 1868, Gross served in the Pittsburgh Select Council, later becoming president of that body. He ran for mayor twice in the 1870s.[1][2]

About 1853, Dr. Gross married Eveline Ingalls, the stepdaughter of John Conrad Winebiddle, Jr. Together they inherited the extensive Winebiddle estate in the East End.[1][2][4] Their home, called Friendship, appears in the 1862 Allegheny County map of S. N. and F. W. Beers.[5] They adopted a daughter named Mathilda. Upon the death of Dr. Gross, the property went to his widow Eveline, and in her will she left the land to Mathilda.[6][7][8] Nearby Evaline Street and Mathilda Street are named for them.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Death of Dr. A. H. Gross: Brief sketch of his professional and political life." Daily Post (Pittsburgh), July 23, 1878, [p. 4]. 88202786. Reprinted in the Weekly Post (Pittsburgh), July 27, 1878, p. 5 ( 88203426). [view source]gross-obit-daily
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Obituary: Dr. Augustus H. Gross." Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette, July 23, 1878, [p. 4]. 85462080. [view source]gross-obit-gazette
  3. 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
  4. John W. Jordan, ed. A Century and a Half of Pittsburg and Her People: Genealogical memoirs of the leading families of Pittsburg and vicinity, vol. 3, p. 244. Lewis Publishing Company, 1908. HathiTrust 008651569; Historic Pittsburgh 03awn7797m; Internet Archive centuryandhalfof03bouc. [view source]pittsburg-and-her-people-3
  5. 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
  6. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882.; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1882
  7. Atlas of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 4. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1890.; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1890-vol-4
  8. "In fee simple: The decision on the provision of the will of Mrs. Gross: East Enders are interested: The supreme court now holds there was no separate use trust intended—an explanation why the previous decision was reversed." Pittsburgh Press, July 14, 1892, [p. 6]. 141473689. [view source]in-fee-simple