Van Buren Street

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Van Buren Street
Neighborhood Summer Hill
Origin of name Martin Van Buren

This street appears as Van Buren Avenue in the 1906 Hopkins atlas; it was laid out as part of the Rodenbaugh plan of lots. Other streets in the plan are or were named Cleveland Avenue, Taylor Avenue (today Adna Street), Monroe Avenue (today Montville Street), and Harrison Avenue (today Highridge Street).[1] These streets were all named for United States presidents; in particular, Van Buren Avenue was named for Martin Van Buren (1782–1862), eighth President of the United States (1837–1841).[2] It was renamed Van Buren Street in 1929.[3]


  1. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Northern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, plate 34. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1906. [view source]hopkins-1906
  2. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 63. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  3. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets, roads and alleys in the 26th Ward of the City of Pittsburgh (formerly Ross Township)." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1929, no. 710. Passed Nov. 4, 1929; approved Nov. 9, 1929. Ordinance Book 42, p. 87. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1929, appendix, pp. 530–531, Kaufman Printing Co., Pittsburgh (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1929). [view source]ordinance-1929-710