Steele Court

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Steele Court
Neighborhood Hazelwood
Volt Alley (1890s–1914)
Origin of name The volt, the unit of electric potential
Volt Way (1914–1955)
Origin of name The volt, the unit of electric potential

Steele Court was originally named Volt Alley. It, along with nearby Ampere Street and Electric Street, was laid out by Thomas S. Blair (1825–1898) in the 1890s.[1][2][3] Volt Alley was named for the volt, the unit of electric potential, which in turn is named for the Italian physicist and chemist Alessandro Volta (1745–1827), who invented the electric battery in 1800. See Electric Street for more about Blair and his interest in science and engineering.

Volt Alley became Volt Way in 1914, when a city ordinance changed all alleys to ways.[4] It was renamed Steele Court in 1955.[5]


  1. "Obituary: Thomas S. Blair." The Iron Age, Oct. 27, 1898, p. 22. Google Books u0YZAs39upwC. [view source]blair-obit-iron-age
  2. "Thomas S. Blair's career is ended: One of the old Pittsburg ironmasters passed quietly away yesterday: Was born in Kittanning: Highly distinguished as a philosopher and scientist: A courtly gentleman, who retired from business to study; father of a respected family." Pittsburg Post, Oct. 23, 1898, p. 2. 86376832. [view source]blair-obit-post
  3. Atlas of Greater Pittsburgh. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1910.; 1910 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1910
  4. "An ordinance changing the name 'Alley' on every thoroughfare in the City of Pittsburgh, to 'Way.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1914, no. 402. Passed Nov. 10, 1914; approved Nov. 16, 1914. Ordinance Book 26, p. 360. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Nov. 23, 1914, p. 11 ( 86505785), and Nov. 24, p. 12 ( 86505809). [view source]ordinance-1914-402
  5. "An ordinance changing the name of Volt Way, in the Fifteenth Ward, between Elizabeth Street and Nordica Street, to Steele Court." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1955, no. 254. Passed June 27, 1955; approved June 29, 1955. Ordinance Book 60, p. 76. Reported in the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, July 1, 1955, p. 25 ( 524401336). [view source]ordinance-1955-254