Save This Old House: Charming Pittsburgh Stick-Style
Original features and restored surrounding homes make this house a keeper
House Awaiting Revitalization
Published May 2016
Contact: Heather Kitson, 412-370-1815; [email protected]
The history: When a young Irish immigrant named Robert Mortland arrived in Pittsburgh, he began a long and lucrative career catering to city dwellers' guilty pleasures—first as a tobacconist and later as a seller of confections. He built this house with his wife, Harriett, around 1888, and the couple raised four children there before eventually buying and moving into the one next door. This house was sold sometime after Robert's death, in 1910, and deteriorated as the city fell on hard times. It has been vacant for the last 20 years, a period during which Pittsburgh underwent a major revitalization. Several other homes on the block that were built in the same style have been restored.
Shown: The four-bedroom, two-bath house sits on a 4,300-square-foot lot.