Townsend Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
See also Eliska Street, which was originally named Townsend Street.
Townsend Street
Neighborhood Central Business District
Origin of name Rees Townsend
Fate Eliminated in the late 1950s for the Civic Arena

This former street was laid out in 1833 by Thomas Scott, Rees Townsend, and Thomas S. Clarke, and was named for the second of these men. The plan of lots also included Scott Street and Clarke Street.[1]

Townsend Street was eliminated in the late 1950s as part of an urban renewal project to make way for the Civic Arena. See Epiphany Street for more about the demolition of the Lower Hill District.


  1. "Draught of a subdivision of out lot no. 3 in the manor of Pittsburgh, Pitt Twp., Allegheny Co., now 3rd Ward: Laid out for Thomas Scott, Rees Townsend & Thos. S. Clarke." Laid out Sept. 7, 1833; recorded Dec. 5, 1833, Plan Book 1, p. 20. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778147. [view source]scott-townsend-clarke-plan