Antwerp Way

From Pittsburgh Streets
Antwerp Way
Neighborhood Central Lawrenceville
Origin of name Antwerp, Belgium
Antwerp Alley (until 1914)
Origin of name Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp Alley appears in the 1882 Hopkins atlas.[1] It became Antwerp Way in 1914 when an ordinance changed all alleys in the city to ways.[2]

Bob Regan includes "Antwerp" in a list of streets named for cities.[3] The name has some similarity to the name of Ann Irwin, who had owned the land through which the alley runs;[4] it may have been intended as a subtle homage.


  1. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, plate 9. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882.; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1882
  2. "An ordinance changing the name 'Alley' on every thoroughfare in the City of Pittsburgh, to 'Way.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1914, no. 402. Passed Nov. 10, 1914; approved Nov. 16, 1914. Ordinance Book 26, p. 360. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Nov. 23, 1914, p. 11 ( 86505785), and Nov. 24, p. 12 ( 86505809). [view source]ordinance-1914-402
  3. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 65. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  4. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 58. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872