Historic Opportunity: Pittsburgh's Oldest Homestead for Sale

The structure was built the same year George Washington won his second term in office.

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Love your Pittsburgh history? Here’s your chance to own a pretty big part of it.

The Woods House in Hazelwood — considered by the Urban Redevelopment Authority as the oldest Homestead in Pittsburgh — recently went up for sale. Built in 1792, the place was around before Pittsburgh was incorporated as a borough, back when Pittsburgh didn’t have the “h.”

The Urban Redevelopment Authority owns the home and recently listed it on its website without a price. 

Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the house belonged to John Woods, a political figure who once served as a Representative in U.S. Congress. The Federalist also became famous for drafting the plan for the City of Pittsburgh in 1784. Moreover, the Woods family often invited legendary songwriter Stephen Foster to their abode, where he composed and played many of his well-known tunes on their mahogany piano.

The architecture is just as impressive – according to Living Places, the home “is significant as a rare survivor of a late-18th-century vernacular-style house,” with its log makeup and stone chinking.

The URA says it's looking for a buyer who will restore the home and property, so what’s your bid?


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