Antwerp Way

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Antwerp Way
Neighborhood Central Lawrenceville
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