Simonton Street

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Simonton Street
Neighborhood Point Breeze North
Origin of name Modification of earlier name, Simen
Simen Street (until 1910)
Origin of name Gottfried Daniel Simen

Simonton Street is named for Gottfried Daniel Simen, a wealthy shoe salesman in Allegheny City and real estate developer in Point Breeze North who also named McPherson Boulevard and Thomas Boulevard.[1][2] The street first appears in the 1890 G. M. Hopkins atlas of Pittsburgh, named Simen Street.[3] It was renamed Simonton Street in 1910 to distinguish it from Simen Avenue in Brighton Heights, which is also named for Mr. Simen.[4]


  1. Sarah L. Law. Pittsburgh's Point Breeze, p. 43. Images of America. Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, S. C., 2014, ISBN 978-1-4671-2233-7. LCCN 2014932586. [view source]law
  2. Marylynne Pitz. "A wealthy shoe salesman's house takes a turn on the Brighton Heights house tour." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 20, 2019. [view source]pitz
  3. Atlas of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 3. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1890.; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1890-vol-3
  4. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1910, no. 715. Passed Mar. 31, 1910; approved Apr. 5, 1910. Ordinance Book 21, p. 342. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1909–1910, appendix, pp. 312–328, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1910 (Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223832; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1909). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 19, 1910, pp. 10–11 ( 86611990, 86612022), Apr. 20, pp. 10–11 ( 86612278, 86612297), and Apr. 21, pp. 10–11 ( 86612601, 86612625). [view source]ordinance-1910-715