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Summer 2017 Newsletter
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Observatory Hill House Tour


Spirited House Tour Scheduled for Sunday, June 4th






On Sunday, June 4th from Noon to 5pm, Observatory Hill will be bustling with visitors touring this "Neighborhood with Spirit" during the Observatory Hill House Tour. Homeowners share the story of finding a home, then redesigning it to match their own style and interests. The tour provides guests a collection of more than 10 homes each with spirited and unique personality. Tickets are on sale now for $15 by clicking the below link or $18 the day of the tour. Wear comfy shoes because most houses are surrounded by green space and streets can be a couple blocks long.

The tour starts on Riverview Avenue traveling to Richey and Perrysville Avenues with a Molly's Trolley stopping at convenient intersections. From here, the tour heads further north to the Bonvue Street Revitalization Project homes. Next, guests will travel to Waldorf Street where visitors explore four homes with charm and detail that can provide ideas for their own renovations. On the eastern end, at 345 Waldorf, sit a home that will be featured in the DIY Network's Focus on Pittsburgh this Fall! More information on 345 Waldorf Street is posted at The Waldorf, A Story Of on Facebook. Then the trolley takes guests to Garvin Street and Franklin Road, the highest point on the tour.

A special feature of this year's house tour will be samples of spirits and craft beers courtesy of Wigle Whiskey and three northside brewing companies. If you come hungry, you won't be disappointed. Four food trucks will join us during the tour so you may want to give yourself a little extra time to have lunch from the vendors. You can grab a sample or place an order as you enjoy the tour at the start of summer. Of course, the food is at your own expense. Added information about the tour and vendors will be added to this page periodically so check this site for updates.

Guest will pass Riverview Park with trails, tennis, entertainment, the Allegheny Observatory and churches that serve faith communities here and beyond. They will learn about the home revitalization project close to completion on Bonvue Street adjacent to the Fire Station and the small commercial strip. While each house on the tour has its own scale and character, all hosting neighbors share an enthusiasm about the charm and the architectural character of their homes. Their can-do spirit has a positive ripple effect on the street where they live.

For more information, call 412-736-2489 or email ohihousetour@gmail.com.

Past House Tours

Year
2858 Perrysville Ave

2858 Perrysville Ave


Home of Regan and Chuck Steinert This large Craftsman-style home, built in 1920, once featured a doctor's office in the pantry and side porch. The office later became an apartment, and the entire house became a two-family home. When the Steinerts bought the house ... Read more...
 
3005 Mt Allister Rd

3005 Mt Allister Rd


Home of Tom Maidens and Bill Horne This charmingly appointed 1925 home was the home of the Mauclair family from 1950 until Bill and Tom purchased it in 2009. They spent their first ten days in the house painting and making cosmetic changes. Over the years, they've... Read more...
 
3009 Mt Allister Rd

3009 Mt Allister Rd


Home of Michael Everhart Mike purchased this 1920s Colonial in 1993. On your way in, take a look at the beautiful English garden. Arches grace the front door and the French doors that lead to the porch. Mike updated and painted the entire house inside and out and ... Read more...
 
3017 Mt Allister Rd

3017 Mt Allister Rd


Home of Kristyn and Marc Felman Until they bought this house in 2014, Kristyn and Marc lived in a nearby apartment. Now, as new homeowners, they are enjoying the neighborhood more than ever. The house was built for Harold K. Hess in 1936 by Kaiser Neal & Reid in t... Read more...
 
3131 Perrysville Avenue

3131 Perrysville Avenue


Home of Allan Byers & Mick Rizzo This handsome house on the edge of Riverview Park was built in 1916 by a man who owned a stone company. The home went into foreclosure at some point and fell into disrepair. Bill Oberst, an Observatory Hill neighbor, bought it in 2... Read more...
 
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