Seventh Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
See also Beechview Avenue, which was originally named Seventh Avenue.
Seventh Avenue
Neighborhood Central Business District
Origin of name Sequential numbering from the Monongahela River
Seventh Street (1784–1868)
Origin of name Sequential numbering from the Monongahela River

George Woods' original plan of Pittsburgh from 1784 included Seventh Street from Liberty Street (today's Liberty Avenue) to Grant Street.[1] In the early nineteenth century, a road from the east entered Pittsburgh here; it was commonly called the Seventh Street Road.[2][3][4][5][6][7] This road became today's Centre Avenue.[2][7]

Seventh Street was renamed Seventh Avenue by a city ordinance in 1868, which transferred the name Seventh Street to a street originally known as Irwin Street; this is today's Seventh Street.[8]

See also


  1. George Woods. A Draught of the Town Plat of Pittsburgh, Surveyed for John Penn, Jr., and John Penn, by George Woods, May 31st 1784. 1784. Reproduced as "Original plan of Pittsburgh" in plate 19 of Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872 (Historic Pittsburgh 1872p019). [view source]woods-plat
  2. 2.0 2.1 George T. Fleming. "Center avenue is a famous old road: Quiet thoroughfare known in Pittsburgh history as home of prominent men: Short route to east." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Oct. 31, 1915, sec. 6, p. 2. 85899943. [view source]fleming-center
  3. George T. Fleming. "Old Minersville: Directory of Minersville—names of prominent Pittsburgh people reprinted—coal producers of that era—coal mines and coke ovens: Job Inder's recollections drawn on—Pitt Township taxables of 1853 recalled: A forgotten hamlet—tales of a prosperous suburb of eighty years ago—out the Pike, otherwise the old Seventh street road: Hilly Pitt Township located—Isaac Harris' descriptions—a prosperous place." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Mar. 8, 1925, sec. 5, [p. 2]. 86280695. [view source]fleming-minersville
  4. George T. Fleming. "Via the Seventh street road: A ride and a walk through old Minersville—the passing of historic township names—memories of the Wylie street car line and the driver of a half century ago—John Herrman and P. Duffy." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Mar. 15, 1925, sec. 5, p. 2. 86282624. [view source]fleming-seventh-street-road
  5. George T. Fleming. "The old Sixth Ward: Recollections of the Hill District—two wards numbered sixth distinguished—boundaries of the old ward outlined—famous factories that have passed—Faber's and Price's foundries—the Fort Pitt Chimney Works and other industries: The old Sixth residential in character—well-known streets described—a famous spring: The McCallin livery stable at Elm and Wylie—market baskets delivered at your door—the Barckleys at Gum street—other anecdotes of the time." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Aug. 24, 1924, sec. 5, [p. 2]. 85851867. [view source]fleming-sixth-ward
  6. Lewis Keyon. Map of Pittsburgh and Its Environs. Johnston & Stockton, Pittsburgh, 1835. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0577; 1835 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]keyon
  7. 7.0 7.1 Annie Clark Miller. Early Land Marks and Names of Old Pittsburgh: An address delivered before the Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution at Carnegie Institute, Nov. 30, 1923, pp. 49–50. Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill. [view source]miller
  8. "An ordinance changing the names of streets." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1868. Passed Aug. 31, 1868. In The Municipal Record: Containing the proceedings of the Select and Common Councils of the City of Pittsburgh: 1868, Pittsburgh Daily Commercial, Pittsburgh (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1868_20200904_2014). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Gazette, Sept. 2, 1868, p. 5 ( 86347563), Sept. 3, p. 3 ( 86347623), and Sept. 4, p. 3 ( 86347714). [view source]ordinance-1868-name-changes