Lowrie Street

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Lowrie Street
Neighborhood Troy Hill
Origin of name Walter H. Lowrie

Lowrie Street appears in maps from 1852 and 1862, both of which show the house of "Judge Lowrie" near the intersection of modern Rialto Street and Ley Street.[1][2] This was Walter H. Lowrie (1806–1876), associate judge of the District Court of Allegheny County (1846–1851) and justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (1851–1863).[3] Annie Clark Miller and Bob Regan both include Lowrie Street in lists of streets named for judges.[4][5]

George T. Fleming, in a 1916 Post-Gazette column about the early days of the city, implies instead that Lowrie Street is named for Matthew B. Lowrie, one of Pittsburgh's first aldermen.[6] However, this column's list of streets named for "Pittsburgh pioneers" includes some questionable entries: see Anderson Street and Carson Street.


  1. R. E. McGowin. Map of the Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny and of the Boroughs of South-Pittsburgh, Birmingham, East-Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Duquesne & Manchester etc. Schuchman & Haunlein, Pittsburgh, 1852. https://collections.lib.uwm.edu/digital/collection/agdm/id/32269/. [view source]mcgowin-1852
  2. 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. A. A. Lambing and J. W. F. White. Allegheny County: Its early history and subsequent development, pp. 114, 119. Snowden & Peterson, Pittsburgh, 1888. Google Books 6bY-AAAAYAAJ; HathiTrust 008957728, 100693049; Historic Pittsburgh 00aee8946m; Internet Archive centennialhistor00lamb; LCCN 18008828. [view source]lambing
  4. Annie Clark Miller. Early Land Marks and Names of Old Pittsburgh: An address delivered before the Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution at Carnegie Institute, Nov. 30, 1923, p. 34. Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill. [view source]miller
  5. 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
  6. George T. Fleming. "Growth of city in century is great: Celebration of charter anniversary directs attention to progress made: Noteworthy events." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Mar. 12, 1916, sec. 5, p. 2. Newspapers.com 85766545. [view source]fleming-growth