St. Xavier Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
St. Xavier Street
Neighborhood East Carnegie
Origin of name Francis Xavier
Fate Vacated in 1967

In the westernmost part of East Carnegie, itself the southwesternmost neighborhood in Pittsburgh, there was once a street named St. Xavier Street. It appears north of Chartiers Avenue (today part of Promenade Street in Crafton) in Chartiers Township in the 1886 and 1896 Hopkins atlases of the vicinity of Pittsburgh.[1][2] This area became the third ward of the borough of Crafton in 1901,[3] and St. Xavier Street appeared as part of Crafton in the 1905 and 1917 editions of the Hopkins atlas.[4][5] A 1953 Pittsburgh map shows St. Xavier Street on both sides of Chartiers Avenue, extending into the city of Pittsburgh.[6] In 1967, the portion of the street within Pittsburgh was vacated; the ordinance doing so called it Xavier Street.[7]

The name St. Xavier Street must have referred either directly or indirectly to Saint Francis Xavier (1506–1552), a Spanish Roman Catholic missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus.


  1. Atlas of the Vicinity of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, Pennsylvania. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1886.; included in the 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1886
  2. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, Penna. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1896.; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1896
  3. Betsy Martin. The Story of Crafton: 1740–1992, p. 53. Crafton Historical Society, 1992. Historic Pittsburgh 31735055766921. [view source]martin
  4. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Southern Vicinity of Pittsburgh. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1905.; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1905
  5. Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 7. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1917, revised 1928.; included in the 1923 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1917-vol-7
  6. Alexander Gross. Pittsburgh and Vicinity: Featuring transit lines and house numbers. Geographia Map Co. Inc., New York, 1953. Published with Alexander Gross, The Complete Street Guide to Pittsburgh and 16 Nearby Suburbs: With large map of Pittsburgh and suburbs; streets, house numbers, transportation lines, places of interest, churches, etc., etc., Geographia Map Co. Inc., New York, 1953 ( PghStreets1953M). A slightly different version entitled The Premier Map of Pittsburgh and Vicinity is reproduced in Sam Stephenson, ed., Dream Street: W. Eugene Smith's Pittsburgh project, pp. 22–23, University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London, 2023, ISBN 978-0-226-82483-3 (LCCN 2022055151). [view source]gross-map
  7. "An ordinance vacating Maple Street, from Turner Road to Railroad Avenue; an unnamed Way, 20.00 feet wide, from Xavier Street to Railroad Avenue; Xavier Street, from Maple Street to the easterly line of Bell's Run Road; also a portion of an Unnamed Way (inadvertently called Water Alley), between Xavier Street and Federal Street, lying without the line of Bell's Run Road, all as shown in the Homestead Park Plan of Lots in the Twenty-eighth Ward of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1967, no. 385. Passed Aug. 4, 1967; approved Aug. 7, 1967. Ordinance Book 69, p. 102. Reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 16, 1967, p. 36 ( 88194825), and Aug. 17, p. 38 ( 88194882); and in the Pittsburgh Press, Aug. 16, 1967, p. 80 ( 148663907), and Aug. 17, p. 45 ( 148665536). [view source]ordinance-1967-385