Amberson Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
Amberson Avenue
Neighborhood Shadyside
Origin of name William Amberson

Amberson Avenue is named for William Amberson, a partner (with George Anshutz and Francis Beelen) in the operation of an iron furnace in the first half of the 1790s near what is today the intersection of Bayard Street and Amberson Avenue.[1][2][3] Amberson owned the land on which the furnace was built; he called it "Multum in Parvo," Latin for "much in little" or "a great deal in a small space."[1][4] Amberson married Mary Smith, the daughter of Devereux Smith, for whom Smithfield Street is named.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Marcellin C. Adams. "The charcoal iron furnace at Shady Side Station in Pittsburgh." Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, vol. 20, no. 2, June 1937, pp. 101–112. [view source]adams
  2. 2.0 2.1 Margaret Pearson Bothwell. "Devereux Smith, fearless pioneer." Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, vol. 40, no. 4, winter 1957, pp. 277–291. [view source]bothwell
  3. Franklin Toker. Pittsburgh: An urban portrait, p. 243. Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, Penna., 1986, ISBN 0-271-00415-0. LCCN 85-71786. [view source]toker
  4. Pennsylvania Department of Internal Affairs. Warrantee Atlas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: Constructed from the records on file in the Department of Internal Affairs, and surveys made on the ground during 1909, 1910, 1912 under the direction of Henry Houck. 1914. [view source]warrantee