This Weekend: Renovated 1871 Mansion Highlights Shadyside House Tour

The three-story mansion, valued by Allegheny County at $1.57 million, was last open to the public in 2003.


This Sunday, six historic mansions in the Fifth & Amberson neighborhood will open their doors for the “Shadyside Splendor” walking tours. Classical ensembles will perform seasonal music as guests are guided by docents through the first floors of each mansion.

Guests also will be able to take in the lavish holiday decorations, such as the ornaments that match the gilding in the wrought-iron railing of the Negley-Gwinner-Harter house, built in 1871.

The mansion, which was heavily damaged by a fire in 1987, sat vacant until 1995 when a contractor and her husband purchased the property and restored it to its former glory. The home is now considered an historic landmark. 

The Shadyside Splendor walking tour benefits the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets: Advance tickets have sold out. However, tickets will be sold the day of the tour at the corner of Fifth and Amerson avenues for $65 cash.

#Transportation: Pittsburgh Inclines Earn National Recognition

The Monongahela and Duquesne inclines grabbed a spot on Airfare Watchdog’s list of “The Most Interesting Public transit rides in America.”

Built in the 1870s, the two inclines feature tracks that are angled at 30 to 35 degrees as they carry wooden, flat-floored cars to the top of Mount Washington, 367 feet above the Golden Triangle.

Both inclines got points for being “authentic” examples of public transit and for what we all know is the big payoff at the top: a stunning view of Pittsburgh.



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