Swinburne Street

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Swinburne Street
Neighborhoods Hazelwood, South Oakland
Sylvan Avenue (until 1911)

This street appears in the 1882 Hopkins atlas as Sylvan Avenue, along with the street that is modern Sylvan Avenue. The two Sylvan Avenues did not meet but were apparently considered parts of the same thoroughfare.[1] An ordinance from the year before, establishing the names of all streets in the city of Pittsburgh, listed "Sylvan avenue, from Second avenue to Bouquet street," and "Sylvan avenue extension, from Greenfield avenue to Hazelwood avenue,"[2] which suggests that today's Swinburne Street was the earlier of the two. It was renamed Swinburne Street in 1911.[3]


  1. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, plates 12, 14. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1882-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1882
  2. "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 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1880). [view source]ordinance-1881-33
  3. "An ordinance changing the names of certain streets, avenues and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1911, no. 558. Passed Feb. 14, 1911; approved Feb. 16, 1911. Ordinance Book 22, p. 498. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1910–1911, appendix, pp. 322–323, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1911 (Google Books 0X0zAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223840; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1910). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Mar. 10, 1911, p. 13 (Newspapers.com 86499788), and Mar. 11, p. 13 (Newspapers.com 86499822). [view source]ordinance-1911-558