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Street Names

Callowhill Street
Originally called New Street by William Penn, this street was later changed to Callowhill to honor Penn's second wife, Hannah Callowhill.

Fairmount Avenue
The section of Fairmount Avenue that runs through our neighborhood was originally called New Hickory Lane. Its name was then changed to Coates Street after Thomas Coates who gave the first section of the street from the Delaware River to Front Street to the city. In 1873, the street became Fairmount Avenue.

Parrish Street
Parrish Street was named after Dr. Joseph Parrish (1779-1840). Dr. Parrish was an abolitionist who worked at The Pennsylvania Hospital. He served on the boards of Wills Eye Hospital, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Medical Society.

Spring Garden Street
When Robert Morris bought the land which included Faire Mount, what is now Spring Garden Street from Fairmount Hill to Broad Street was called Morris Street. It was renamed Spring Garden in 1852 to match the section that ran from Broad Street to the Delaware River. Spring Garden Street was named after the district just north of Center City which was part of William Penn's Northern Liberties.

Taney Street
Taney Street may have been named for Roger B. Taney (1777-1864), Secretary of the Treasury during the Jackson administration and later Chief Justice of the U.S.

25th Street
25th Street was at one time Biddle Street possibly after Nicholas Biddle, prominent Philadelphian and former president of the Bank of the U.S.

Trees and Plants
Following the tradition started by William Penn, some of the streets in Fairmount were named after trees and plants. Aspen Street, Beechwood Street (once Norwood), Myrtle Street, Myrtlewood Street, Olive Street and Poplar Street are examples.

 

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