Kerr Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Kerr Street
Neighborhood Elliott
Origin of name Possibly William Kerr
Bank Street (until 1881)

This street was laid out as Bank Street in the plan of Temperance Village in 1839 or 1847.[1] It appears as Bank Street in maps through 1876.[2][3][4][5]

The South Side boroughs, including Temperanceville, were annexed to the city of Pittsburgh in 1872.[6] In 1881, a Pittsburgh city ordinance established the names of all thoroughfares in the city and fixed duplicates. This ordinance listed this street as Kerr Street.[7] The ordinance did not indicate that it was changing the name from Bank Street, but there was another Bank Street in Lawrenceville (today Bandera Street),[7] so it is likely that the name change was made by this ordinance to fix this duplication.

Bill Toland connected Kerr Street to William Kerr (1809–1853), mayor of Pittsburgh from 1846 to 1847.[8]

See also


  1. "Plan of 'Temperance Village': Situated on both sides of the Steubenville Turnpike Road and on the northern side of the Washington Turnpike Road near the Ohio River: Laid off for John B. Warden & John Alexander." Laid out June 1839 and May 1847; recorded June 30, 1847, Plan Book 1, pp. 120–121. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778219. [view source]temperance-village-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. 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
  4. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 110. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  5. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, pp. 10–11. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1876.; included in the 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1876
  6. Mark A. Connelly. "Pittsburgh City 1872 Borough Mergers." Local Geohistory Project. [view source]lgeo-south-side-annexation
  7. 7.0 7.1 "An ordinance establishing the names of avenues, streets, lanes and alleys of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1881, no. 33. Passed Feb. 28, 1881; approved Mar. 4, 1881. Ordinance Book 5, p. 212. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select and Common Councils of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1880, pp. 213–234 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1880). [view source]ordinance-1881-33
  8. Bill Toland. The Morning File. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 15, 2007, p. A-2. 96650982. [view source]toland