Mathilda Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Mathilda Street
Neighborhoods Bloomfield, Central Lawrenceville, Garfield
Origin of name Mathilda Gross MacConnell

Mathilda Street is named for Mathilda Gross MacConnell, the adopted daughter of Augustus H. and Eveline Gross, who once owned much of the land from Penn Avenue to Liberty Avenue between what are now Edmond Street and Aiken Avenue (and the eponyms of nearby Gross Street and Evaline Street).[1][2] After the death of Dr. Gross, the property went to his widow, and in her will she left the land to Mathilda.[3][4][2] In the late nineteenth century, Mathilda sold many lots on both sides of Winebiddle Street.[2] She donated Friendship Park to the city.[5]

Mathilda Street was officially split into two streets, North Mathilda Street and South Mathilda Street, on either side of Penn Avenue, by a city ordinance in 1915.[6]


  1. 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
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "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
  3. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882.; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1882
  4. 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
  5. History of Pittsburgh and Environs, vol. 3, p. 641. American Historical Society, New York and Chicago, 1922. Google Books k_kMAAAAYAAJ, QMtaAAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 011262563; Internet Archive historyofpittsbu03flem. [view source]history-pgh-environs-3
  6. "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