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3709 Perrysville Avenue

3709 Perrysville Avenue

Wendy, Brian and the kids are transplants to Pittsburgh from Utah. They found their home while visiting friends in the neighborhood. They chose Observatory Hill because of the affordability of housing, a great house and Riverview Park.

Their home, built in 1906 in what is called the builder’s vernacular style, still has the original tile roof. Wendy and Brian refinished the ornate oak and beveled glass front door. They have recently had the floors refinished in the living room and a new floor in the kitchen. When the Chapman’s moved in they removed the covers from the radiators cleaned them and realized their ornate beauty. The living room also has arched doorways; a working gas fireplace lined by rough stone on the sides and polished stone mantle and hearth with stained glass windows.

Wooden paneling lines the lower two-thirds of the dining room walls. A shelf with a plate rail notches into it the tops the paneling on all four walls. The dining room still has the original stained glass windows, beamed ceiling, glass chandelier, and a button on the floor for calling the servants. Behind the dining room, through the French doors, is an addition built in the 1950’s. The photography displayed here is Brian’s work.

As you climb to the second floor the Chapman’s have replaced the banister but the original stained glass window on the landing can be viewed from both the first and second floors. The bathroom on the second floor has the original tile, bathtub, and medicine cabinet. The newly renovated master bath is a must see with it’s beautiful stone. Enjoy the art throughout the Chapman’s home.