Ivory Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets
Ivory Avenue
Neighborhoods Perry North, Summer Hill
Origin of name Ivory family

A road in the location of modern Ivory Avenue appears in maps as early as 1851.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] It is first labeled Ivory Avenue in the 1906 Hopkins atlas.[8] It is named for the Ivory family,[9] early settlers and landowners in the area.[1][5]

Peter Ivory, Sr., was born in the parish of Street, County Westmeath, Ireland, and came to the United States in 1817.[10][11][9] He purchased a farm in Ross Township in 1819, where he lived until his death in 1849.[10][11] In 1828 he built a house of sandstone at the intersection of what are now Perrysville Avenue and Ivory Avenue.[9]

Peter Ivory, Jr. (1819–1896), the son of the elder Peter Ivory, was a farmer, stockman, landowner, justice of the peace, and postmaster.[10][11] He was one of the organizers of the Allegheny & Perrysville Plank Road Company and served as its president and secretary for more than 30 years.[10][11] From at least the early 1840s to the early 1860s, he ran a tavern at the western end of the road that became Ivory Avenue.[12][1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sidney & Neff and S. McRea. Map of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with the Names of Property-Holders. Philadelphia, 1851. LCCN 2012592150. [view source]sidney-neff
  2. 2.0 2.1 S. N. & F. W. Beers. Map of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Smith, Gallup & Hewitt, Philadelphia, 1862. LCCN 2012592151; 1862 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]beers
  3. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 55. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1876. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1876-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; included in the 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1876
  4. Alex. Y. Lee. Map of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Otto Krebs, Pittsburgh, 1883. LCCN 2012592152. [view source]lee
  5. 5.0 5.1 Atlas of the Vicinity of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny, Pennsylvania, plate 6. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1886. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1886-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; included in the 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1886
  6. Map of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: With adjoining parts of Westmoreland, Washington & Beaver Counties. Otto Krebs, Pittsburgh, 1890. LCCN 2012592153. [view source]krebs
  7. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Northern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, plates 12, 13. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1897. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1897-plat-book-northern-pittsburgh. [view source]hopkins-1897
  8. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Northern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, plates 33, 34. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1906. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1906-plat-book-northern-pittsburgh. [view source]hopkins-1906
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Douglas Naylor. "The four corners of Pittsburgh: Irish bachelor works all day—yet does nothing: Lives on 'top' of city watching over reservoir—decorates his tower home as 'art gallery' with rotogravure pictures of old masters he admires." Pittsburgh Press, Apr. 14, 1932, p. 19. Newspapers.com 146920285. [view source]four-corners-northwest
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: Including its early settlement and progress to the present time; a description of its historic and interesting localities; its cities, towns and villages; religious, educational, social and military history; mining, manufacturing and commercial interests; improvements, resources, statistics, etc.: Also portraits of some of its prominent men, and biographies of many of its representative citizens, part II, p. 435. A. Warner & Co., Chicago, 1889. Google Books DwzYAAAAMAAJ; Internet Archive historyofalleghe1889cush. [view source]history-of-allegheny-county
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: Personal and genealogical with portraits, vol. 2, pp. 362–363. Northwestern Historical Association, Madison, Wis., 1904. Google Books y6syAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust 008726649; Historic Pittsburgh 02awn7753m; Internet Archive memoirsofalleghe02nort, memoirsofalleghe02nort_0. [view source]memoirs-2
  12. Benjamin Ramage. "For sale." Pittsburgh Weekly Gazette, Dec. 31, 1841, [p. 3]. Newspapers.com 32045917, 96059124. [view source]ramage