Lang Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
See also Pioneer Avenue, which was originally named Lang Avenue.
Lang Avenue
Neighborhoods Homewood North, Homewood South, Point Breeze, Point Breeze North
Origin of name Henry W. Lang
Lang Street (until 1915)
Origin of name Henry W. Lang

Lang Avenue is named for Henry W. Lang, who lived at the northwest corner of Lang Avenue and Penn Avenue.[1][2][3]

The street name was officially established as Lang Street by a city ordinance in 1881.[4] It became Lang Avenue by another ordinance in 1915, which actually divided it into two avenues, North Lang Avenue and South Lang Avenue, on either side of Penn Avenue.[5]


  1. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 65. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  2. "It may make her penniless: But she will endeavor to pay every dollar she owes: An interesting case heard yesterday in the Orphans' Court—Rowand's trial next week." Daily Post (Pittsburgh), Nov. 16, 1883, [p. 4]. 86362147. [view source]penniless
  3. "The Lang estate: A family dispute in the Orphans Court: The P., McK. & Y. answer to Harris Brothers—Rowand's case—an education—grist from the legal mills." Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette, Nov. 16, 1883, p. 2. 85615570. [view source]lang-estate
  4. "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
  5. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets and ways in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1915, no. 117. Passed Apr. 28, 1915; approved Apr. 29, 1915. Ordinance Book 26, p. 615. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1915, appendix, pp. 99–103, Arlington Printing Co., Pittsburgh, 1915 (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1915). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, May 7, 1915, sporting section, p. 4 ( 88028157), May 8, p. 15 ( 88028802), and May 10, p. 11 ( 88030672). [view source]ordinance-1915-117