Symphony Splendor Holiday House Tour Gives a Glimpse of the Gilded Age

Benefitting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the tour showcases a Shadyside mansion done up for the holidays.




Have you ever wanted to experience a traditional Victorian Christmas? Or wanted to go back in time and see the warm glow of extravagantly decorated estates as they sit in anticipation of snow and family gatherings? 

Well, you’re in luck because this fantasy comes to life with the Symphony Splendor Holiday House Tour taking place Nov.19-21.

Hosted by the Pittsburgh Symphony Association — with proceeds benefiting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra — the star of the tour is a mansion on Millionaire’s Row in Shadyside. Built in 1896, the three-story estate has been transformed into a jolly, Charles Dickens-era space.


Throughout the three floors, mantels, tabletops, rooms and staircases are decorated with art, antiques, garlands and lights. Traditional Christmas trees also are decorated with the homeowners’ collection of heirloom glass ornaments.

Enhancing the holiday theme are Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, who will be playing throughout the 7,300 square-foot home. There also will be a small gift shop on the third floor that patrons may browse for holiday gifts.


Although last year’s event was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Symphony Splendor Holiday House Tour has raised more than $500,000 in the last six years to benefit the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. 

Tickets for the event for $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Guests must have proof of vaccination to attend the event. Masks are required at all times while indoors.

The three-day event has seven time slots, including a candlelight night tour on Friday, Nov. 19. For more information, visit here.

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