Radcliffe Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Radcliffe Street
Neighborhoods Esplen, Sheraden
Ridge Street (until 1906)

This street appears, unlabeled, in the 1886 Hopkins atlas as part of the "Mrs. M. L. McGunnigle Plan."[1] It is labeled Ridge Street in the 1896 edition.[2]

In 1906, after the annexation of Esplen into the city of Pittsburgh, Ridge Street was renamed Radcliffe Street to fix the duplication with Ridge Avenue on the North Side.[3]

Bob Regan includes "Radcliffe" in a list of streets with college-related names, but he gives no further details.[4] Presumably he was thinking of Radcliffe College, today part of Harvard University, but there is no evidence to support this particular association.

See also


  1. Atlas of the Vicinity of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, Pennsylvania, plate 26. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1886. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1886-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; included in the 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1886
  2. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, Penna., plate 15. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1896. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1896%E2%80%93plat-book-southern-pittsburgh; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1896
  3. "An ordinance changing and establishing the names of avenues, streets and alleys in the Fortieth ward of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1906, no. 208. Passed Sept. 10, 1906; approved Sept. 13, 1906. Ordinance Book 18, p. 25. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1906–1907, appendix, pp. 83–84, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1907 (Google Books 2rxEAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust chi.096599013; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1906). [view source]ordinance-1906-208
  4. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 66. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan