Tour It: Historic Wilkinsburg Mansion Gets a Makeover

The Junior League of Pittsburgh's Show House is a 112-year-old mansion featuring 28 rooms decorated by a different local design professionals.

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After an 11-year hiatus, the Junior League of Pittsburgh is once again hosting its signature Show House event.

Taking place May 5 through May 20, the tour — dubbed “A Window into Wilkinsburg" — features a recently renovated 112-year-old mansion in Wilkinsburg decorated by local design professionals.  

Built in 1905, the 6,200-square-foot Georgian Revival-style mansion on Wood Street has gone through several incarnations throughout its long history.

The original owner was Roswell Gardner Yingling, a Pittsburgh coal and brick dealer, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the building was known as the Yingling Mansion. It later spent time as a local hospital, the Miller Convalescent Home and, most recently, the Gibbs Personal Care Home, which operated until 2014.The property remained vacant until 2016, when the current owner purchased it.

All of the proceeds from the tour benefit the Junior League’s fight against hunger in Pittsburgh’s East End.

“The Junior League of Pittsburgh’s current community focus area is on combating food insecurity in the East End of Pittsburgh, so it’s a unique opportunity to have a Show House that is also in the East End,” says Ali McCrossin, Show House committee chair.


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Each of the manse’s 28 rooms were decorated by a different local interior designer, among them Alisha Gwen Interior Design LLC., Golden Fish Interiors, and Angela Nolfi & Co.


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According to McCrossin, one of the highlights of the house is the family room. Designer Evelyn James decorated the room using a cerise-colored wallpaper with a hummingbird pattern. The room also features a chandelier with drops of crystal resembling wisteria petals.

Another standout is the dining room. Lisa Scalo McMenamin of LSM Interior Design gathered inspiration for the room from a lavender and light blue Schumacher fabric. Featuring cool blue walls and intricate molding, the room also showcases third-generation heirloom chairs.

After more than 550 guests attended the preview Sip & See event, which took place in March before the designers had a chance to work their magic, Junior League members say they are expecting a large turnout for the tour.

A Window into Wilkinsburg kicks off from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 4 with a Roaring Twenties-themed cocktail party featuring appetizers from Bistro to Go, desserts from Nothing Bundt Cakes, drinks, and live jazz music performed by students from the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School. The online-only tickets are $80 each and include a tour of the home. Local artisans also will be at the event selling their wares.

Tickets for the party and the tour are available for purchase here. Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door.


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