Garwood Way

From Pittsburgh Streets
Garwood Way
Neighborhood Central Lawrenceville
Origin of name Modification of earlier name, Gardners
Gardners Alley (until 1910)
Origin of name G. W. Gardner
Hughes Alley (until 1910)
Origin of name C. Hughes
Garwood Alley (1910–1914)
Origin of name Modification of Gardners

This alley appears, unlabeled, in the 1872 Hopkins atlas.[1] In the 1890 edition, it is given different names on either side of 44th Street: to the northeast, it is labeled Gardners Alley, and to the southwest, Hughes Alley.[2] These names likely refer to residents who lived on the alley: G. W. Gardner at the south corner of the alley and 45th Street, and C. Hughes at the south corner of the alley and Rosencranz Alley (today Rosecrans Way).[2]

In 1910, three years after the annexation of Allegheny into the city of Pittsburgh, over 900 street names were changed in order to eliminate duplicates. Gardners Alley conflicted with Gardner Street in Troy Hill, and there was another Hughes Alley in what is now Marshall-Shadeland, so the two alleys in Lawrenceville were together renamed Garwood Alley.[3] The new name was presumably just a modification of the name Gardner.

Garwood Alley became Garwood Way in 1914 when an ordinance changed all alleys in the city to ways.[4]


  1. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 59. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  2. 2.0 2.1 Atlas of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 3, plate 4. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1890.; included in the 1890 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1890-vol-3
  3. "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
  4. "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