South 14th Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
South 14th Street
Neighborhood South Side Flats
Origin of name Sequential numbering up the Monongahela River
Franklin Street (early 1800s)
Portion Northern half
Wilkins Street (until 1869)
Portion Northern half
Liberty Street (until 1869)
Portion Southern half
14th Street (1869–1881)
Origin of name Sequential numbering up the Monongahela River

South 14th Street was originally two streets that were not exactly in line with each other and only barely connected. The northern part appears in William Darby's 1815 map as Franklin Street;[1] by 1852 it had been changed to Wilkins Street.[2][3][4] The southern part was called Liberty Street.[5][6][2][3][7][4] The two streets met about halfway between Carson Street and Washington Street (today Sarah Street),[5][6][2][3][4] and today there is still a slight jog in the street at that spot.

In 1869, an ordinance of the Birmingham borough council numbered all of the north–south streets; Wilkins Street (and implicitly Liberty Street too) became 14th Street.[8] The "South" prefix was added by a Pittsburgh city ordinance in 1881;[9] see South First Street for more details.

See also


  1. Wm. Darby. Plan of Pittsburg and Adjacent Country. R. Patterson and W. Darby, Philadelphia, 1815. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0197, DARMAP0198. Reproduced in John W. Reps, The Making of Urban America: A history of city planning in the United States, p. 207, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N. J., 1965 (LCCN 63023414); and in Bruce J. Buvinger, The Origin, Development and Persistence of Street Patterns in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, p. 24. Also reproduced as "Plan von Pittsburg und Umgebungen" in Bernhard, Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (Heinrich Luden, ed.), Reise Sr. Hoheit des Herzogs Bernhard zu Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach durch Nord-Amerika in den Jahren 1825 und 1826, vol. II, following p. 200, Wilhelm Hoffmann, Weimar, 1828 (Internet Archive reisesrhoheitdes00bern, reisesrhoheitdes00inbern). [view source]darby
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 R. E. McGowin. Map of the Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny and of the Boroughs of South-Pittsburgh, Birmingham, East-Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Duquesne & Manchester etc. Schuchman & Haunlein, Pittsburgh, 1852. [view source]mcgowin-1852
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 S. N. & F. W. Beers. Map of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Smith, Gallup & Hewitt, Philadelphia, 1862. LCCN 2012592151; 1862 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]beers
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, plate 23. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882.; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1882
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jean Barbeau and Lewis Keyon. Map of Pittsburgh and Its Environs. N. B. Molineux, Pittsburgh, 1830. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0576; [view source]barbeau
  6. 6.0 6.1 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. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 104. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  8. "Birmingham Council." Daily Post (Pittsburgh), Mar. 3, 1869, [p. 1]. 86522458. [view source]birmingham-council
  9. "An ordinance establishing the names of avenues, streets, lanes and alleys of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1881, no. 33. Passed Feb. 28, 1881; approved Mar. 4, 1881. Ordinance Book 5, p. 212. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select and Common Councils of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1880, pp. 213–234, Herald Printing Co., Pittsburgh, 1881 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1880). [view source]ordinance-1881-33