Fowlkes Way

From Pittsburgh Streets
Fowlkes Way
Neighborhood South Oakland
Furnace Alley (1888–1914)
Furnace Way (1914–1925)

This alley formerly ran from Second Avenue to Frazier Street between Ward Street and Dawson Street. It was laid out in 1882, though it was originally unnamed: the original plan of lots simply labels it "Walk".[1] It was officially opened as Furnace Alley in 1888.[2] It became Furnace Way in 1914, when an ordinance changed all alleys in the city to ways.[3] Furnace Way was renamed Fowlkes Way in 1925.[4][5]

Frances Lester Warner, in a 1923 essay called "The Pittsburgh Owl," included Furnace Way in a list of streets named for Pittsburgh's "scientific paraphernalia,"[6] and Bob Regan copied this list in his book.[7]


  1. "Plan of lots situated in the 14th Ward, Pittsburg: Laid out for Margaret G. Arthurs." Laid out Sept. 1882; recorded May 3, 1887, Plan Book 7, pp. 280–281. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3779854. [view source]margaret-g-arthurs-plan
  2. "An ordinance authorizing the opening of Furnace alley, from Frazier street to Second avenue." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1888, no. 155. Passed Oct. 8, 1888; approved Oct. 12, 1888. Ordinance Book 6, p. 518. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Common Council of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1888–9, p. 333, Chas. F. Peck & Son, Pittsburgh, 1888–1889 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecordcommon1888) and Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select Council of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1888–9, p. 307, Chas. F. Peck & Son, Pittsburgh, 1888–1889 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecordselect1888). [view source]ordinance-1888-155
  3. "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
  4. "137 streets to get new names: City officials and postal chiefs unite to wipe out duplications: Program tentative." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Jan. 22, 1925, pp. 1, 5. 86164194, 86164222. [view source]137-streets
  5. "Council agrees to change names of 137 streets." Pittsburgh Press, Jan. 22, 1925, p. 14. 150148075. [view source]council-agrees
  6. Frances Lester Warner. Groups and Couples, p. 228. Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York, 1923. Google Books lub2z89YnoYC; Internet Archive groupscouples00warn. The essay "The Pittsburgh Owl" is available at and [view source]groups-and-couples
  7. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 61. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan