Save This Old House: A Historic Iron City Queen Anne
This circa 1890 manse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has stunning architectural details
Published October 2011
Contact: Bonnie Kramer, 724-737-5537
This circa 1890 Queen Anne was built by William Wigman, a lumber industry tycoon, who outfitted his Iron City home with stunning architectural details. It has remained a single-family house ever since, last occupied by one Grace McClory. She lived there for over 40 years with her husband, Regis, while they raised their seven children. Last year, after Grace moved out, the house was threatened with demolition by a potential buyer. Luckily, a group of locals banded together to safeguard the house and got it designated a historic landmark.
Shown: The four-bedroom, two-bath house is located in the Carrick neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It stands at the gateway of "The Boulevard," a brick-paved street lined with stately turn-of-the century mansions.
With its fish-scale shingles, whimsical spindle work, and turret balcony, the house is an exuberant example of the Queen Anne style. Inside, it is filled with elaborate hand-carved cherry millwork, including the original front staircase, pocket doors, and moldings. There are also some beautiful stained-glass windows.
Shown: A trio of stained-glass windows brightens the main staircase landing.
Shown: Brown marble surrounds one of six working fireplaces.
Shown: A detail of the cherry mantelpiece in the living room.
The house is in move-in condition, with a new furnace. It just needs paint and a kitchen update to usher in another century of family living.