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c. 1890 Victorian: Folk
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|Heated Sq. Ft.||3,000|
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Situated on a tall hillside offering commanding views of the surrounding neighborhood; the original structure of this spacious Victorian dates to about 1890, with an extensive renovation/reconstruction that occurred in 1910 or 1911.
The house is of wood-frame construction, resting on a stone foundation of more than one foot thick walls. Encompassing the home is a front foyer dominated by a grand mahogany staircase, the house includes a total of three fireplaces - all featuring ornate wood carved mantels [the original number of fireplaces is five, unfortunately two were walled over as a result of a 1980's renovation]. Further features offered are soaring ten foot tall ceilings, six and a half foot tall windows, four bedrooms, two full bathrooms including a first floor guest powder room, all on three stories at a total of 3,000 square feet.
At the time of the original 1890's construction, the house sat on a large tract land owned by local real estate developer, H.C. Clark.
Mr. Clark never occupied the house, the original occupants were the Sedden family, who possibly purchased the home from H.C. Clark after it was built. At the time of construction the house was located in a rural, country side area east of Pittsburgh city limits. The original size of the lot was nearly an acre, and in addition to the house a barn and stables were built on the property sometime between 1905 to 1915.
The Sedden family remained in residence at the house until sometime between 1915 and 1920, during that period the lot was subdivided into smaller lots, and the main house was sold to the William Edmund Moore family. During this period (1910’s – 1920’s) the surrounding area developed from a rural countryside setting into a fashionable, affluent Pittsburgh suburb known as Edgewood Park. The growing new neighborhood was home to Westinghouse executives, bank presidents, doctors and other business executives. Today the neighborhood has retained most of the grandeur of the past, with well-preserved Victorians, American-Foursquares mixed with small mansions situated in park-like settings along tree-lined streets.
William Edmund Moore, who was the head financial officer for People’s Natural Gas Company, did not get to enjoy the house for very long, as he died in May 1920. The house remained with the Moore family until 1983, at which time Moore descendents sold the house to the Zacks family. In 1984 the Zacks conducted an extensive renovation, that would have modernized the house to the standards of that time.
The house experienced a succession of owners throughout the 1990's into the 2000's, and recently saw a period of dormancy. The current owners, the Finch-Hawse family, are working to restore the house to its original grandeur.
Archived in July, 2016
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