Enter a search term in the Street Name
box and click the Find button. A list of streets that match your query will be
Select one of the streets listed. The list of name changes involving that
street will be shown.
When you click on a street name in this list, a new search is started with
Welcome to the Philadelphia Historic Streets Index
This index was compiled from the original road records,
docket books, jury decisions, and surveys held by the Philadelphia City
Archives. From these sources the Philadelphia Department of Streets developed
and maintains its comprehensive survey of official road records for the City.
Changes to the names of certain streets, alleys, and courts were first effected
by an ordinance dated September 1, 1858. A provision of this ordinance was an
alphabetical index of former names, together with the location of the street
and the new name given to it. By an ordinance of February 23, 1897 names of
intermediate streets were indexed by old name, location and new name. Both
indexes are held by the Philadelphia City Archives under Record Group 90.47.