Brookline Subdivisions

As we look at historic maps, one of the things that stands out is how the world is subdivided. Take a look at a globe and note how the earth's land mass is subdivided into parcels, which are generally shaded with different colors. These can be broken down from the various continents all the way to individual property lots.

The world is divided into continents. The continents are then divided into countries, like the United States of America. The United States can further be divided into states, such as Pennsylvania. The State of Pennsylvania can then be divided into counties, in our case Allegheny County, which is further subdivided into the various boroughs and municipalities, like the City of Pittsburgh.

The City of Pittsburgh is divided into numerous neighborhoods, like Brookline, which can then be broken down into the various subdivisions that were created as large land plots were sold and slated for residential and commercial development. These distinct subdivisions are then parsed into the individual plots of land, on which exist a residential home or a business establishment.

Through approximately 1950, the community of Brookline can be divided into seventy-two separate subdivisions. Each was created when that parcel of land was purchased by one of the many development companies and populated with residential housing, or in some cases left undeveloped, as with Hays Woods or the Whited-Jacob Greenway.

Below is a color-shaded map, with an overlay of the street network, showing
the seventy-two seperate subdivisions that make up the community of Brookline.

Brookline Subdivisions

Click on the map to enlarge.

These subdivisions were often named after the previous owner that sold the land, or given the title of the improvement company assigned to build the infrastructure and buildings that make up that part of the neighborhood.

The original three subdivisions created in Brookline were established in 1902, and first shown on a 1905 map of Pittsburgh. They were the Fleming Place Plan, the Hughey Farm Plan, and the Paul Place Plan.

A map referencing the 1st and 2nd Wards in Brookline
A 1905 Freehold Real Estate advertisement that emphasizes development in Brookline's 2nd Ward.

From 1905 to 1907, Brookline's 1st, 2nd 3rd Ward and 4th Wards were under development, forming the heart of the new community. As the neighborhood rapidly grew, more and more individiual subdivisions were created and built upon.

By the mid-1950s, most of the available land suited for development had been sold, and Brookline had grown from those initial seven subdivisions to a total of seventy-two. Since that time there have been a few new plots of homes built in Brookline, like the small tract at the end of Dunster Street.

In addition, newly available data shows that some of these subdivisions were originally listed under one name, then listed under another on the property deed. For instance, the East Brookline #4 lot was also known as Pitt Manor.

Since plot maps are not available after 1940, it is impossible to correctly identify and name the few additional subdivisions, so our research presented here ends as of 1950 (with a couple exceptions).

Homes in the Brookline #1 Subdivision
Homes in the Brookline #1 Subdivision, shown here in 2018.

Below is a map with a numbered legend showing the names of the seventy-two subdivisions.
The maps gives an interesting view of the creation of the Community of Brookline.

Brookline Subdivisions

Brookline Subdivision Legend

1. “Brookline” Plan
2. “Brookline” 2nd Ward
3. “Brookline” 3rd Ward
4. “Brookline” 4th Ward
5. “Brookline” 5th Ward
6. Brookline
7. Fleming Place Plan
8. Hughey Farm Plan
9. Andrew Cullen Plan
10. Boggs Place
11. King Place Plan
12. Paul Place Plan
13. Robinson Place Plan
14. Willison Place Plan
15. Brookline Elementary School
16. Anderson Acres Plan
17. Victoria Place
18. Keitzer Plan
19. Oyer Estate
20. McNeilly Plan
21. W.C. Stillwagen Plan
22. Elizabeth Seton Center (formerly West Liberty Elementary and then Elizabeth-Seton High School)
23. Moore Park
24. Herman Heights Plan
25. “East Brookline” 1
26. “East Brookline” 2
27. “East Brookline” 3
28. “East Brookline” 4 - aka Pitt Manor
29. Brookdale (now Brookline Park)
30. Anderson Farm (now Brookline Park)
31. Hays Woods (now Brookline Park)
32. Lewis and Garrigan’s Plan
33. Walter Freese Plan
34. C. Sauter Plan
35. E.T. Schaffner Plan
36. Lang Place Plan
37. Zimmerman Park Plan
38. Bailey and Moon’s Plan No. 1

39. Bailey and Moon’s Plan No. 2
40. Bailey and Moon’s Plan No. 3
41. J.B. Zimmerman’s Sub
42. Charles Ballinger's Plan
43. Magaw and Goff Plan
44. Smith’s Estate Partition
45. Arthur Lyman’s Plan “Oakleigh”
46. West Liberty Elementary, South Brook Middle School and the Pioneer Education Center
47. Hampton Hall Plan
48. Marloff Terrace Plan No. 1
49. Stevenson Plan
50. Marloff Terrace Plan No. 2
51. Marloff Terrace Plan No. 3
52. Milan Terrace No. 1
53. Milan Terrace No. 2
54. Former Fischer Farm (sold off in individual lots)
55. Gallupe Plan
56. George Feick Estate
57. Elizabeth Stumme Estate
58. Frank Vietmeier Estate
59. Braddock Trust Company (formerly owned by the Pittsburgh Coal Company and now the Whited-Jacob Greenway)
60. Ebenshire Village
61. Seaton Avenue Extension
62. Highview Acres
63. Fleming Estates Plan
64. Herman Hegner and Joseph Friedman
65. Jacob Hoffman Estate
66. Jacobs and Embrey Plan
67. Peter Breining Plan
68. J. Holmes Jr. Estate
69. Our Lady Of Loreto Church/School
70. Resurrection Church/School
71. St. Pius X Church/School (now St. John Bosco Academy)
72. Brookline Boulevard Triangle Park

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