William Penn Place

From Pittsburgh Streets
Not to be confused with West Penn Place in Bloomfield.
William Penn Place
Neighborhood Central Business District
Origin of name William Penn
Cherry Alley (1784–1909)
Cherry Way (1909 – 1914/1923)

William Penn Place was created in 1914 by renaming the portion of Cherry Way between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue.[1] The name honors William Penn (1644–1718), the founder of Pennsylvania.[2]

Cherry Way was originally named Cherry Alley;[3] it was renamed Cherry Way in 1909.[4]

The segment of Cherry Way between Sixth Avenue and Liberty Avenue became part of William Penn Place in 1923.[5]

See also


  1. "An ordinance changing the name of Cherry way, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, to William Penn place." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1914, no. 433. Passed Dec. 1, 1914; approved Dec. 3, 1914. Ordinance Book 26, p. 402. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1914, appendix, p. 246, McClung Printing Co., Pittsburgh (HathiTrust uiug.30112108223899; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1914). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Dec. 9, 1914, p. 14 (Newspapers.com 88014587), and Dec. 10, p. 14 (Newspapers.com 88014717). [view source]ordinance-1914-433
  2. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, pp. 63, 196, 199. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  3. George Woods. A Draught of the Town Plat of Pittsburgh, Surveyed for John Penn, Jr., and John Penn, by George Woods, May 31st 1784. 1784. Reproduced as "Original plan of Pittsburgh" in plate 19 of Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872 (Historic Pittsburgh 1872p019). [view source]woods-plat
  4. "An ordinance changing the name of Cherry alley, between Liberty avenue and Water street, to 'Cherry way.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1909, no. 736. Passed Mar. 15, 1909; approved Mar. 17, 1909. Ordinance Book 20, p. 226. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1907–'08–'09, appendix, p. 379, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1909 (Google Books gMBEAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust chi.096598897; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecordselect1907, Pghmunicipalrecordcommon1907). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Mar. 30, 1909, p. 6 (Newspapers.com 85734945), and Mar. 31, p. 8 (Newspapers.com 85734996). [view source]ordinance-1909-736
  5. "An ordinance widening Cherry way, in the Second Ward of the City of Pittsburgh, from Sixth avenue to Liberty avenue and providing that the costs, damages and expenses occasioned thereby be assessed against and collected from properties benefited thereby and changing the name thereof to 'William Penn Place.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1923, no. 254. Passed May 28, 1923; approved June 1, 1923. Ordinance Book 34, p. 406. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1923, appendix, pp. 153–154, Kaufman Printing Company, Pittsburgh (Google Books XkEtAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223980; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1923). [view source]ordinance-1923-254