From The City To The Suburbs: 6 Upcoming Pittsburgh Home Tours
Tickets are available now for these diverse home tours featuring everything from the urban streets of Lawrenceville and the historic North Side to the charming village of Sewickley.
Hoping to see some of the coolest, funkiest homes — and some of the lushest gardens — in the Pittsburgh area? Look no further than the annual Manchester House & Garden Tour, taking place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4. The historic North Side neighborhood features nine unique homes and experiences, including live music, food and crafts from local businesses and residents. Tickets are available online for $15 in advance (manchesterhistoricsocietypa.com) or $20 the day of the event. A limited number of tickets for a special guided tour led by neighborhood residents is available online only for $30. The tour begins at Colonel James Anderson House, 1423 Liverpool St.
The 50th annual Mexican War Streets House & Garden Tour explores the North Side from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8. Visitors can leisurely tour the North Side’s historic neighborhood during the self-guided tour. Homes date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, and include Romanesque and Italianate style homes. Tickets are available for $18 online and on the day of the tour for $20. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are $15 per person. Check-in for the tour is on the corner of Monterey Street and Eloise Street.
photo courtesy Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
Tour seven stunning homes in the boroughs of Sewickley and Edgeworth from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14. Alexander Longfellow, Frank Alden and Alfred Harlow, proteges of famed architect H. H. Richardson — perhaps best known for designing the Allegheny County Courthouse — faithfully continued to use Richardson's signature Romanesque Revival style in their architectural work designing homes in the Sewickley area. The homes on this year's tour offer a vibrant architectural history of homes in the Pittsburgh region in the late nineteenth century. Tickets are $35 for members of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and the Sewickley Valley Historical Society and $50 for non-members. The deadline for paid reservations is Friday, Aug. 9. The tour starts at St. Stephen’s Church between Broad and Walnut streets in Sewickley.
For the 40th year, Shadyside Action Coalition is hosting the Shadyside House Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22. This much anticipated self-guided tour allows you to explore seven remarkable homes homes at your own pace, while offering a shuttle for weary tour-goers that will circulate the neighborhood throughout the day. Tickets can be purchased in advance online (shadysideaction.org), or in person at Eureka! Chocolates and Gifts on Copeland Street and The Inn on Negley for $20. Tickets also will be available on the day of the tour for $25. The tour kicks off at the Winchester Thurston School on Morewood Avenue. Shadyside Action asks those attending the tour to bring a non-perishable item to donate to local food banks.
photo by Randy Strothman
Check out one of the closest neighborhoods to Downtown at the Deutschtown Historic House Tour taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29. This self-guided tour features eight impressive homes, in addition to an array of beautiful gardens, in a historic district rich in cultural significance. Some restored homes dating back to the 1800s, along with modern marvels, give each tour-goer a diverse selection of style and surprise. Tickets are available online for $18 or on the day of the tour for $20. Check-in for the tour is at the garden across from Priory’s Grand Hall, 600 Lockhart St. Free parking is available.
Lawrenceville’s eclectic style will be on display at the annual Hospitality House Tour from 12 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6. A dozen historic, restored and renovated, and even new construction homes will be showcased on the tour, including the former home of historian and author Carol Peterson. Tickets also will be available after Labor Day at Wildcard, T’s Upholstery Studio and Pavement in Lawrenceville. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the gate on the day of the tour, with discounts for senior citizens. Tickets also can be bought online via PayPal for $18 (lha15201.org). The tour begins at the entrance to Allegheny Cemetery on Butler Street.