Pittsburgh Streets

Simonton Street

Neighborhood: Point Breeze North

Simonton Street is named for Gottfried Daniel Simen, a wealthy shoe salesman in Allegheny City and real estate developer in Point Breeze North who also named McPherson Boulevard and Thomas Boulevard.[2, 4] The street first appears in the 1890 G. M. Hopkins atlas of Pittsburgh, named Simen Street.[1] It was renamed Simonton Street in 1910 to distinguish it from Simen Avenue in Brighton Heights, which is also named for Mr. Simen.[3]


[1]Atlas of the city of Pittsburgh, vol. 3. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1890. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1890-volume-3-atlas-pittsburgh; included in the 1890 layer at http://esriurl.com/pittsburgh.

[2]Law, Sarah L. Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze. Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, S. C., 2014, p. 43. ISBN 978-1-4671-2233-7.

[3]“An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh.” Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1910, no. 715. Passed Mar. 31, 1910; approved Apr. 5, 1910. Ordinance Book 21, p. 342. Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 19, 1910, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86611990, 86612022), Apr. 20, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86612278, 86612297), and Apr. 21, pp. 10–11 (Newspapers.com 86612601, 86612625).

[4]Pitz, Marylynne. “A wealthy shoe salesman’s house takes a turn on the Brighton Heights house tour.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 20, 2019. https://www.post-gazette.com/life/homes/2019/09/20/Queen-Anne-farmhouse-Brighton-Heights-Chocolate-House-Tour/stories/201909170148.