Schubert Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Schubert Street
Neighborhood Spring Garden
Origin of name Franz Schubert
Mutzig Road (until 1910s?)
Origin of name Jacob Mutzig
School Street (1910s? – 1924)
Origin of name Spring Garden Public School

This street appears in the 1886 Hopkins atlas as Mutzig Street.[1] In the 1897 and 1906 Hopkins atlases, it is Mutzig Road.[2][3] It was named for Jacob Mutzig, who owned the land north of the street and developed a plan of lots to its south.[4][1][2]

At some point the name was changed to School Street[5] because the Spring Garden Public School was located there.[2][3][5]

Spring Garden Borough was annexed to the City of Pittsburgh in 1920.[6][7] In 1924, a city ordinance renamed several streets in the former Spring Garden Borough; School Street was renamed Schubert Street.[8]

Bob Regan includes "Schubert" in a list of streets named for noted historical people;[9] the implied eponym seems to be Franz Schubert (1797–1828), Austrian composer. The name was probably chosen for its similarity to the previous name "School" and for being in the German language; many of the early settlers of Spring Garden were German speakers.[10]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Atlas of the Vicinity of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, Pennsylvania, plate 8. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1886.; included in the 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1886
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Real Estate Plat-Book of the Northern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, plate 17. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1897. [view source]hopkins-1897
  3. 3.0 3.1 Real Estate Plat-Book of the Northern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, plate 18. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1906. [view source]hopkins-1906
  4. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 70. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1876.; included in the 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1876
  5. 5.0 5.1 Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 4, plates 22, 25. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1925.; included in the 1923 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1925-vol-4
  6. "Spring Garden borough votes for annexation." Pittsburg Press, Dec. 10, 1919, p. 19. 141328224. [view source]spring-garden-borough-votes
  7. "Spring Garden votes in favor of annexation." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Dec. 10, 1919, p. 1. 86454144. [view source]spring-garden-votes
  8. "An ordinance changing the names of certain streets and alleys in the Twenty-sixth Ward (formerly Spring Garden Borough)." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1924, no. 274. Passed June 9, 1924; approved June 14, 1924. Ordinance Book 35, p. 463. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1924, appendix, p. 192, Kaufman Printing Company, Pittsburgh (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1924). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, June 20, 1924, p. 19 ( 88486598). [view source]ordinance-1924-274
  9. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 63. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  10. John Canning. "Hidden history." Northside Chronicle (Pittsburgh), Oct. 2015, p. 14. [view source]canning-hidden