Doll Way

From Pittsburgh Streets
Doll Way
Neighborhood California-Kirkbride
Origin of name Modification of earlier name Dill
Dill Alley (until 1910)
Origin of name W. F. Dill
Doll Alley (1910–1914)
Origin of name Modification of Dill

This alley was originally Dill Street[1] or Dill Alley,[2] named for W. F. Dill, who once owned the land through which it passed[3] and who laid out the surrounding plan of lots in 1874.[4] The Hopkins atlases of 1907 and 1910 labeled it Dill Street,[1][5] but this may have been caused by confusion with a nearby but distinct Dill Street, which is now the northernmost piece of Sedgwick Street, between Kunkle Avenue and Sunday Way.[1][5]

In 1910, over 900 streets were renamed to fix duplicates. There was already a Dill Alley on Mount Washington (today Dill Way), so Dill Alley was renamed to Doll Alley, and Dill Street was made part of Sedgwick Street.[2] Doll Alley became Doll Way in 1914 when a city ordinance changed all alleys to ways.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Allegheny, vol. 1, plate 20. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1907.; included in the 1903–1906 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1907-allegheny-vol-1
  2. 2.0 2.1 "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, streets, lanes and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1910, no. 715. Passed Mar. 31, 1910; approved Apr. 5, 1910. Ordinance Book 21, p. 342. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1909–1910, appendix, pp. 312–328, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1910 (Google Books doQzAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223832; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1909). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Apr. 19, 1910, pp. 10–11 ( 86611990, 86612022), Apr. 20, pp. 10–11 ( 86612278, 86612297), and Apr. 21, pp. 10–11 ( 86612601, 86612625). [view source]ordinance-1910-715
  3. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 89. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  4. "Plan of lots situated in the 6th Ward City of Allegheny: Surveyed for Dr. W. Dill." Laid out May 1874; recorded Feb. 4, 1875, Plan Book 6, p. 7. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3779297. [view source]dill-plan
  5. 5.0 5.1 Atlas of Greater Pittsburgh, plate 38. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1910.; 1910 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1910
  6. "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