Sieben Way

From Pittsburgh Streets
Sieben Way
Neighborhood Spring Garden
Origin of name German, 'seven', translation of original name Seventh
Seventh Alley (until 1924)
Origin of name Consecutive numbering in plan of lots

The 1906 Hopkins atlas shows an alley labeled Seventh Alley, part of a plan of lots called Havekotte Place, that just crosses into Spring Garden Borough. The alleys in Havekotte Place were numbered First through Seventh, though only Fourth Alley (later Fuer Way) and Seventh Alley crossed the borough line into Spring Garden.[1]

Spring Garden Borough was annexed to the City of Pittsburgh in 1920.[2][3] In 1924, a city ordinance renamed several streets in the former Spring Garden Borough; Seventh Alley was renamed Sieben Way.[4] The word sieben is German for 'seven.' Many of the early settlers of Spring Garden were German speakers.[5]

Sieben Way was about 220 feet north of Mauch Street; it does not exist today.


  1. Real Estate Plat-Book of the Northern Vicinity of Pittsburgh, plate 18. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1906. [view source]hopkins-1906
  2. "Spring Garden borough votes for annexation." Pittsburg Press, Dec. 10, 1919, p. 19. 141328224. [view source]spring-garden-borough-votes
  3. "Spring Garden votes in favor of annexation." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Dec. 10, 1919, p. 1. 86454144. [view source]spring-garden-votes
  4. "An ordinance changing the names of certain streets and alleys in the Twenty-sixth Ward (formerly Spring Garden Borough)." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1924, no. 274. Passed June 9, 1924; approved June 14, 1924. Ordinance Book 35, p. 463. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1924, appendix, p. 192, Kaufman Printing Company, Pittsburgh (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1924). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, June 20, 1924, p. 19 ( 88486598). [view source]ordinance-1924-274
  5. John Canning. "Hidden history." Northside Chronicle (Pittsburgh), Oct. 2015, p. 14. [view source]canning-hidden