Sewickley - Creative Delivery

Sewickley - Creative Delivery
The 35th
Presented by
The Child Health Association of Sewickley
Friday, May 4, 2012 & Saturday, May 5, 2012
All Proceeds Benefit Children of Western Pennsylvania
Child Health Association of Sewickley
A Brief History
In 1923, three women recognized the need to provide fresh milk to undernourished Sewickley school
children. How could they know that nearly 90 years later, the charitable society they formed would come to
allocate close to $3.8 million for children’s programs and services throughout western Pennsylvania.
With every child who receives the essential care, nourishment and education that she or he needs,
we all grow just a little bit stronger. And, as we grow stronger, so does the future of western Pennsylvania.
Your support allows the Child Health Association to provide new hope and a stronger
future for children, their families and communities.
For more information, please visit us on the web at
The Child Health Association of Sewickley expresses its appreciation and gratitude to the
companies and individuals who so generously contributed to the 2012 House Tour.
Event Sponsors
Dollar Bank
Florists & Photography
Bidwell Training Center
Bill Chisnell Productions
Karrie Hlista Designs
K.S. Kennedy Distinctive Floral
Reed & Petals Florist
William Penberthy, Penberthy Studios
Thank You!
The Child Health Association of Sewickley wishes to express its gratitude to the following House Sponsors:
Costco Wholesale - Robinson Township
Edgeworth Club
Edgeworth Police Department
Kevin Flannery, Sewickley Borough Manager
Giant Eagle - Green Garden
Giant Eagle - Leetsdale
Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital
Bill and Pat Hittinger
Lenzner Coach Lines
Safran's Supermarket
Sewickley Borough Police Department
Sewickley Valley YMCA
The Presbyterian Church, Sewickley
Trib Total Media
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Welcome to the 35th Sewickley House Tour!
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House Tour Committees 2012
Event Co-Chairs
Event Treasurers
Bus Hostesses
Dawn Nowry
Susanna Greene
Linda Schober
Kelly Wetzel
Emily Shipley
Jessie Britton
Nan O'Connor
Michele Cox
Diana Magera
Susan Grieger
Julia Sanders
House Captains
Bev Zamer
Pam Vaughan
Kathe Barge
Post Tour Party
Peggy Bowles
Anne Sutton
Connie Wendzicki
Carol Schurman
Linda Taylor
Janet Renner
Tickets & Posters
Tracey Georgino
Kelly Pfenninger
Nancy Davidson
Elisa DiTommaso
Georgi Fishter
Debbie Coonelly
Mary Scalercio
The Child Health Association of Sewickley welcomes you to the 35th Sewickley House Tour. We are pleased and honored to
present to you six lovely homes that represent the history, creativity and graciousness of our community.
We are extremely grateful to the homeowners who have generously opened their homes. Their kindness has provided the
Child Health Association with the ability to raise funds that will allow us to provide grants to children’s programs throughout
western Pennsylvania. Through the years, our all-volunteer women’s organization has granted nearly $3.8 million to nonprofit organizations.
This year we have the additional support of our Event Sponsors, Dollar Bank and Esmark, as well as our House Sponsors,
Allegheny Petroleum Products, Clearview Federal Credit Union, Heckman Corporation and NOVA Chemicals. We cannot
thank them enough for their charity to the organization and to those it benefits.
This event would not be possible without the cooperation of many individuals, organizations and the community at large.
We are extremely grateful for their support.
Have a wonderful time – and come back again for the 36th tour in 2014! Susanna Greene
Linda Schober
Kelly Wetzel
Table of Contents
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House (Access via shuttle bus Board at YMCA Community Center)
House 1 Quarry
809 Blackburn Road .................................................................................................................................................................................. 8
There (Not on Candlelight Tour)
House 2 Back
857 Persimmon Road .............................................................................................................................................................................. 11
Murphy House
House 3 The
29 Woodland Road .................................................................................................................................................................................. 15
of Four Sisters
House 4 House
408 Oliver Road ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 18
Tour Map
While enjoying your tour,
please remember:
Wear walking shoes
Do not smoke in homes or gardens
Do not request the use of facilities
Observe indicated boundaries & parking regulations
Do not use cameras
Do not bring children under the age of 8
Cottage on Oliver
House 5 The
422 Oliver Road ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 21
Light House
House 6 The
451 Maple Lane ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 24
Quarry House 809 Blackburn Road
This house, constructed around 1894-1896, was built by the owner of a
quarry which provided stone for many of the walls still standing in the
Sewickley Valley. A popular tale associated with the house includes the
possibility of one of its former owner’s current presence – as a ghost!
Flowers By
bill chisnell productions
The foyer showcases the first of many panels of stained glass with
elaborate chasing situated throughout the house. The current owners
have changed the previously traditional paint colors to Victorian ones,
while updating them with a high gloss finish. The unique chairs are
upholstered in alpaca, a harbinger of the many unusual furnishings
and collections gathered from around the world. The hanging lantern
has been converted from its original gas-burning operation, one of
many light fixtures that have been replaced by antiques. Greek key
molding and a pair of antique torchiers complete the period touches.
Family Room
Originally serving as a dining room, the family room unites period
elements with modern comfort. A leather sectional, ornamented with
a feather throw, centers the room. A library table showcases an elaborate carved edge and
painted Regency chairs. The large angel is one of many pieces purchased in Dallas, the wife’s
hometown. Twentieth century elements include a gas-burning fireplace and a coffee table
that provides storage for wine.
House 1 - Quarry House
Dining Room
The wife’s collection of mirrored plateaus reflects the light of an amber glass antique chandelier which the wife’s mother found in a
warehouse, broken up into its many parts. Upon its reconstruction, the mother and daughter were delighted to discover that not a
piece was missing. The built-in breakfront was once the back of a bar. It contains part of the wife’s collection of antique powder jars.
Reception Hall/Powder Room
The family opened a wall and installed French doors in the area they once referred to as “The Hallway to Nowhere.” The benches
were originally part of an old Canonsburg church, while the coat rack and bronze candle sconces came from France. The floor
lamp, featuring a heavily embroidered shade festooned with glass beads and metal fringe, was bought in Louisville on one of
the couple’s annual trips to the Kentucky Derby. The powder room is literally
highlighted by an impressive fleur-de-lis patterned window.
Smoking Room
A cowhide leather sofa and dyed rug, hound’s-tooth patterned chair, and box-onstand bar denote this masculine room as the husband’s refuge. The bar is topped
with the husband’s collection of antique corkscrews. The room features an original
coat rack and shelf under the casement windows, as well as original cupboards
behind the sofa. The humidor is constructed from an antique wood panel.
Hallway/Ladies’ Drawing Room/Wife’s Office/Bath
The hallway’s ornate newel post and finials are enhanced by the richly colored
triple-paned stained glass window on the landing. Note the faux bois painting on the doors leading from the hall. The ladies’
drawing room features its original oak fireplace and tile, and an antique sofa recovered in orange velvet. The French lamp is a dualpurpose device used long ago to weigh mail in order to calculate postage. The wife’s office retains its original Taylor burner, once
fueled by natural gas. The striking eglomise clock is a purchase from a Child Health Antiques Show. The bathroom features a chest
once located in a dentist’s office in Bellevue.
House 1 - Quarry House
Dressing Room/Master Bedroom and Bath
The dressing room is dominated by a massive European burled walnut wardrobe. The hanging clothes racks came from a French
department store, while the dressing table was purchased in Rhode Island. The imposing king-sized bed was fabricated from an old
wrought iron fence, and required four men to carry it up the stairs. The master bath features an antique cast iron tub. The tile floor
features an inlaid border which mirrors the inlaid pattern of the wooden flooring.
Third Floor
Originally the servants’ domain, this area’s wood flooring changes
to pine from the oak found downstairs. You may appreciate that
the son’s bedroom on the left is not featured on the tour, thanks to
his large reptile collection. The boys’ recreation area sports a large
Palladian window, masculine upholstery and a free standing gas
stove. The kitchenette was originally the linen storage area.
Kitchen/Sun Room
Remodeled by a previous owner, the kitchen features an area
behind the bar that is original to the home. The large tole tray
was purchased at a flea market, and the pie safe is an ingenious
cover for a radiator. The wife prefers to keep her large collection
of quadraplate unpolished for a more natural look. One side of the
cabinets in the butler’s pantry seems to have been added at a later
date, as one side is quarter sawn oak and the other a combination of pine
and cherry. The sunroom, surrounded by grape vines, leads to a
large patio, a much loved and frequently enjoyed part of the property.
House 1 - Quarry House
Back There 857 Persimmon Road
Flowers By
Built in the 1950’s, this home provides great privacy, as well as incredible views
extending as far as Wexford. It has had a two-wing addition and significant
interior and exterior changes by the present owners. This is the third property
that the generous homeowners have provided for the Child Health House Tour.
Entry/Upstairs Hallway
The two-story entry, expanded by removing the second floor master
bathroom and dressing room, features a dramatic staircase and several
theater and dance posters, setting the tone for a performing arts theme
running throughout the house. The antique tall case clock in the hallway
was passed down through the husband’s family. The charming upstairs
bedroom at the top of the stairs serves as a guest room for the couple’s
grandchildren, with its “tree house” having been adapted by the children
as a secret clubhouse. Be sure to note the grandchildren’s names painted
into the foliage.
Guest Bedrooms/Upstairs Hallway
The next guest room, with matching antique organdy bedspreads,
features several posters and lithographs, including one from the Pittsburgh
Ballet Theatre. An adjoining balcony provides an incredible view of the
surrounding countryside, and leads into the third upstairs bedroom. This
guest room and bath display the classic pairing of rose and pale green. Local artist David Michael Ed created the pair of abstract
expressionistic works in mixed media. The burled top of the traveling desk in the hall is another piece from the husband’s family.
House 2 - Back There
Living Room
The couple brought in an artist from South Carolina to finish the Venetian plaster walls of the living room, a room which again
features distinctive artwork. The painting over the reclaimed pine mantel depicts the wife in a college theater production. Flanking
the chinoiserie bar are oil paintings of the daughters’ wedding dresses, painted by Sewickley artist Melody Lockerman. A silk and
wool carpet, reproduction bar, rich silk draperies, and antique clock provide additional accents in the room. Be sure to note the
fanciful “Wizard of Oz” red slippers in the breakfront.
Sun Room/Powder Room/Music Room
The sun room was created when previous owners framed in a porch.
The dark brown sisal rug, striped upholstery and unusual floral lamp
make this room the perfect indoor/outdoor blend. On
the right is an oil painting by family friend Bill Cook,
who started his painting hobby when in his early 60’s. The
watercolors portray the couple’s daughters and husbands.
Memorabilia of past Debutante and Medallion Balls in
the corridor also evoke the daughters’ pasts. The antique
poster is of a 1920’s French actress, Mistinguette, who
was unceremoniously discarded by the up-and-coming
Maurice Chevalier in favor of her much younger
neighbor. Mistinguette’s nightly verbal attacks on her
former paramour as he arrived to visit his new love
became a famous local attraction. The walls of the powder
room are papered by an unusual process involving tissue
paper, adhesive and glazing. In the dark rose music room,
antique Italian marionettes take center stage above the baby grand
piano, depicting the tale of a heroine who is pursued by a “dirty old
man” and the handsome hero.
House 2 - Back There
Master Bedroom/Bath
Wanting this room to be “totally different” from the rest of the house, the wife was inspired by 1940’s Hollywood glamour.
Accented by splashes of black, the pale wide-striped walls, mirrored night stands, large walk-in closet, and pair of demi-lune chests
convey a sophisticated mood. A chinoiserie chest on the right provides a dramatic counterpoint. Enclosed in marble and mirrors,
and featuring Herbeau fixtures, the sensational master bath again features
artwork by Melody Lockerman, this time a dramatic depiction of a calla lily.
Note the striking effect of the sconces mounted directly on the large mirror.
Husband’s Office
This snug room includes shovels used by the husband for the groundbreaking
ceremonies at PNC Park, as well as stags from the former B.F. Jones estate in
Sewickley. Reminders of the family’s involvement with the Performing Arts
Camp dot the walls, teamed with house sketches by Sewickley artist Susan Gaca.
Den/Powder Room
This area once served as the original galley kitchen of the house. The present
owners added the built-in cabinets on the left, providing much needed storage.
A large old sailmaker’s table, purchased in California and accented by a pair
of distinctive chandeliers, separates the walk-through and seating areas. The
circular arrangement of the leather furniture and the Ralph Lauren bar invite
relaxing conversation. Adding to the casual ambiance are grass cloth wall covering and a jute runner. The brass double candlestick,
from the husband’s family, once served as a portable light source for navigating the stairs at night. Persimmon Sunrise, a painting
of the view from the back of the house, was created by Bill Cook. In the small corridor to the powder room is another Melody
Lockerman work featuring Mark Twain. The powder room stars a striking wallpaper of stylized zebras. Playing a part above the
doorway is a plaque with an amusing theater reference.
House 2 - Back There
Undoubtedly the showstopper of the house, the generously proportioned kitchen flaunts a large collection of MacKenzie-Childs
accessories, lighting and furnishings, including pulls that were adapted to fit the custom cabinets. Outsized black and white checks
on the wood flooring - created with basketball court paint - reinforce the MacKenzie-Childs connection. A leathered black granite
countertop makes for easy living, as does the Turbo-Chef purple oven. This singular appliance can cook a 14 pound turkey in
90 minutes, and a cake in 14! A pot-filler above the stove, pull-out microwave, two dishwashers and three supplementary ovens
provide additional convenience. Black and white photos of Hollywood stars carry over the performance association running
throughout the home. A cinema-style popcorn popper provides a final theatrical connection, a whimsical yet practical accent to
the seating area with its tin-topped coffee table.
The Murphy House 29 Woodland Road
Named after the family dog, this English-style stucco cottage was designed by Charles
Barton Keen, and built in 1919-1920. An early addition combined with an extensive
renovation undertaken by the current owners in 2009 make the home just
right for an active family of six.
Flowers By
The combination of ceiling fans, comfortable furniture and beautiful
landscaping make the recessed porch an ideal place to relax. The entry
features an antique rug, mahogany furniture and a collection of antique
paperweights. In addition, the first of many groupings of antique handcolored botanical engravings imparts an elegant tone. The painting behind
the knife box was a going-away gift painted by a friend’s mother, and is a
depiction of the homeowners’ former house.
Living Room
House 2 - Back There
The living room is anchored by an unusual rug, with a chocolate field and
silk sage dots. The combination of traditional inherited or antique pieces
and modern accents continues throughout the home. A chinoiserie sewing
box sets on the yew wood sofa table, and a clock from the husband’s
grandmother accents a wall. Other family pieces include a needlepoint bell
pull, stitched by the wife’s mother, and a baby grand piano, which the wife’s great-uncle transported across Canada by horse and
cart. The display of botanicals on the front wall of the house is centered by a large engraving by Basilius Besler, a German artist
spanning the 16th and 17th centuries. Besler’s art was the first to portray flowering plants as objects of beauty, and changed the
course of natural history botanicals.
House 3 - The Murphy House
The cozy study features a wood-burning fireplace flanked by bookcases. Of special interest is the Eames chair and ottoman,
found in a shop in nearby Ambridge, and a reupholstered wing chair, a “curbside” find. Other interesting elements include a large
sunburst mirror and the wife’s collection of Limoges boxes. Masculine features include a display of antique miniature soldiers, a
mounted tortoise shell, antelope antlers and a pair of stools upholstered in a giraffe pattern.
Daughters’ Rooms/Master Bedroom/Baths
The zebra-patterned carpet on the stairs leads to a daughter’s bedroom
and bath, featuring warm pinks and oranges. Of special note is the glass
tile bordered floor in the bath. The master bedroom is centered by a large
brass bed and an ornate crystal chandelier. Bamboo shades, an antique
desk and leather chair, and a bed for Murphy make this room a
warm retreat. The large master bath and dressing room lead to
another daughter’s room, again featuring a glass tile border on the
floor. A black and white chain design rug and a Venetian mirror add
an air of sophistication to this daughter’s room.
Sons’ Rooms/Bath
A back hall features black and white family photos, and a pastel of
the wife as a young girl. A signed Mario Lemieux hockey jersey is
a recent addition, having been won at the fund-raising auction of a
Sewickley church. Blue and camel plaid carpeting, regatta pennants
and water colors of Opti boats on Lake Chautauqua combine to
make this room a boy’s delight. A Jack-and-Jill bath leads to the
second son’s room, again featuring sailing memorabilia.
House 3 - The Murphy House
Butler’s Pantry/Powder Room
A large built-in cabinet anchors the butler’s pantry, providing great storage
and a bar. Adjacent to it is a dramatic powder room featuring black and white
flocked wallpaper, and raspberry and black window treatments and sink skirt.
Dining Room
A burled walnut English Queen Anne dining table and chairs are updated
by black pony hair upholstery. A gas-burning fireplace features a charming
mantel with a carved flower basket. The built-in to the left of the fireplace
displays antique hand-made Christmas ornaments. A breakfront and inlaid
sideboard supply ample storage. The painting of The Plaza in New York was
done by a friend of the homeowners.
Family Room
A chocolate and raspberry sectional sofa sets beneath draperies featuring an
oversized stylized floral design. An antique bench and rug provide convivial
touches. French doors on three sides make this a bright and welcoming room.
Dark brown walls are accented by white cabinets with bin pulls in the large kitchen.
Oversized lantern pendants over the island, marble countertops and subway
backsplash tiles give a nod to the origin of the house. Other features of the room
include a large collection of antique conductors and an eclectic collection of artwork
featuring cows. A large copper sink, sea grass chairs around the breakfast table, and Roman shades with wood drop trim bring
the kitchen into today’s world.
House 3 - The Murphy House
House of Four Sisters 408 Oliver Road
Flowers By
Built in 1994, this home is named for the four daughters of the house.
It was designed by the wife’s brother, an architect, for a lot in a nearby
community. When the owners decided to live in Sewickley instead, the
house was situated to fit the lot. Furnished in a fresh, transitional style,
the house reflects the family’s eclectic and artistic taste.
Kictchen/Breakfast Room
Red-orange wallpaper and chartreuse draperies set off the bright white kitchen and breakfast area. The area is further brightened
by charming fruit-adorned tiles in the backsplash. The chairs surrounding the round breakfast room table were painted by the wife
of the house after she engaged a furniture maker to replicate “out-of reach” chairs she had seen previously. Adding comfort to the
room are a wicker loveseat and end table. A built-in bar and wine cooler make clever use of a nook at the far end of the kitchen.
Of special note is the ThinkGlass, illuminated with LED lights, which
forms the top of the bar.
Dining Room
Living Room
Baths/Girls’ Bedrooms
Passing an oil painting by local artist Diane Stetzer on the right, one
crosses the piano room into the dining room. The Stickley style table
and chairs are illuminated by a transitional chandelier. Roman shades
accentuate the clean lines of a home that is furnished with an active
family in mind. French doors lead to an expansive bluestone porch
with a much used double-sided fireplace. To the left of the porch sets
an impressive bench made from a wood slab brought from the family’s
previous home.
Fresh leaf green walls set off comfortable sofas and chairs. The portrait
of the four sisters above the fireplace was painted by the Washington, D.C. artist Timothy
Chambers, who spent the day with the family in order to capture the girls’ personalities.
Eclectic details in the room include a hand-blown glass lamp at the end of the room and
one of many whimsical metal sculptures from the wife’s collection scattered throughout
the house. The painting on the wall behind the sofa is another work by Diane Stetzer.
House 4 - House of Four Sisters
Knotty pine bookcases make this room warm and inviting. It features
transitional draperies and much loved accessories bought on vacations,
many of them accompanied by interesting stories. For instance, the large
painted mirror made its way from Boston tied on top of a mini-van
driven by the wife. The painting over the mantel was done by American
artist Italo Botti, a favorite artist of the owners. Around the corner of
the den in the hallway is an appealing winter scene painted by one of the
The wallpaper in the bathroom on the left was purchased to
commemorate a family trip to Paris. Peacock pillows were the inspiration
for the colors that pop against the raffia wallpaper in one bedroom, while gray blue paint creates a restful atmosphere in another.
The third bedroom sports zebra print window panels and matching pendant chandeliers that serve as reading lamps over the beds.
The family wanted to convert the office at the end of the hall to a bedroom for the fourth daughter, but she insisted on sharing with
her sister. The second bathroom features dramatic transitional wallpaper with turquoise stylized flowers.
House 4 - House of Four Sisters
Master Bedroom/Bath
The master bedroom is papered with a soothing natural gray metal grass cloth to complement the patterned draperies. The room
also features a gas fireplace and small deck. The metallic element is carried into the bath in the small metallic flecks in the granite
countertop. The faux bois bathroom floor tile is a unique feature of the room.
Back Stairs/Lower Level
Bold Nina Campbell paper on the walls leads to the multi-purpose lower level. Warm cherry paneling, a wet bar and wine storage
provide the perfect ambiance for entertaining. Family mementos line the walls, including framed dollar bills given to the family
by the former Secretary of the Treasury, Paul O’Neill, following a tour of the U.S. Mint. The room to the left is dual purpose,
serving as both a guest room and client consulting area. The large area to the rear functions as a studio for the wife, a professional
The Cottage on Oliver 422 Oliver Road
The core of this classic home was built in 1895-96 by Morrison
Foster, the brother of Stephen Collins Foster, the beloved
American composer. Originally called “The White Cottage,”
it was a replica of the family home in Lawrenceville. In
later years, it served as the home of the headmistress for the
Edgeworth Seminary for Women. Just as the color reference is
no longer applicable, neither is the allusion to the original small
cottage, as it was expanded several times over the decades by
the prestigious architectural firm of Ingham and Boyd.
Flowers By
Living Room
Setting the color scheme for the rest of the home, this
elegant living room features graceful window treatments and
welcoming fabrics, textures and furnishings. Of special note are
the owner’s collections of 18th and early 19th century Canton
porcelain, Mason Ware, and a blend of American and English
antique furniture including a William and Mary chest-onchest belonging to the owner’s family, and a Hepplewhite chest
between the windows. A jewelry box to the left of the doorway
features nursery rhyme inlays, and a display case to the left
showcases the daughter’s collection of Limoges boxes. Anchoring the room are
portraits of the daughter and son of the house.
House 4 - House of Four Sisters
House 5 - The Cottage on Oliver
The “No Good Room”
Passing a pair of Irish Chippendale corner chairs in the entryway, one enters the area the family refers to as the “No Good Room,”
because it seemingly had no function. However, the room has become central to the family’s entertaining, as it features a corner
wood-burning fireplace beneath an oval portrait of Aunt Ashy, and a center table that serves as a dessert buffet for guests exiting
the dining room en route to the expansive porch, a much used element of the house. It also serves as the perfect setting for the
family’s Christmas tree. Several pieces of Rose Medallion porcelain and a tall case clock from Kentucky, c. 1810-1829, further
enhance the room.
A painted chest by Cape Cod artist Peter Hunt provides a cheery welcome to the kitchen. Bright and airy, its fixtures reflect the
home’s provenance while providing the practical conveniences necessary to 21st century living. Molly Amsler, a local artist, painted
the French-inspired tile backsplashes and fireplace. Continuing the country French ambience is a large collection of Quimper
faience pottery, echoing the room’s blue and yellow color scheme.
Dining Room
The dining room features an antique Queen Anne mahogany table, along
with an English chest and sideboard. Of special interest is the Lowestoft
porcelain collection as well as the charming child’s antique chair to the
right of the doorway. The owner’s grandmother custom designed and
stitched the needlepoint seat following her granddaughter’s birth.
Family Room
The current family room served as the dining room in the original
cottage, while now green painted strie walls enfold colorful and
comfortable seating. An antique dry sink has been repurposed as
a console beneath the flat screen television, serving as both display
space for family photographs and storage for electronic equipment.
A cherry drop leaf table features majolica plates and a pair of
Staffordshire dogs. The far wall showcases an antique sampler on the
left, and on the right a musical score written by one of the husband’s
ancestors on board ship as he emigrated from Germany to the
United States.
House 5 - The Cottage on Oliver
House 5 - The Cottage on Oliver
The Light House 451 Maple Lane
Flowers By
K.S. Kennedy
Distinctive Floral
Built in 1895 by renowned architects Longfellow, Alden and Harlow, this Colonial Revival house was situated to take advantage
of natural light at various times of the day, and many features of the house reflect that objective. It has been remodeled and
redecorated by the current owners, specifically by the wife who is an interior
Governor’s Drive
A large eagle in the center of the drive, which a previous owner had carved
from an existing tree, greets visitors on their way to The Light House. A pond
with a cascading waterfall contains bright-colored goldfish, some of which
have been in the pond for the eight years of its existence. A four car garage
features a separate apartment on the second floor. An arbor welcomes visitors
to the rear courtyard.
Front Porch/Entry
The front porch was reconstructed in 2011 with maintenance-free Azek
tongue and groove flooring. The balusters on the two sets of stairs were
custom made to match the existing balusters on the main part of the porch.
The columns and classical molding are original to the house. The large entry
features original egg and dart molding and an intricate stair rail. Note that each step repeats a pattern of four different balusters, a
unique feature of this house. The current owners replaced most of the light fixtures in the home, including the three sconces in the
entry. The oil painting to the right depicts a scene in Tuscany, while the original Audubon hand-colored engraving to the left was a
gift from the wife’s parents. Original pocket doors are operational between the hallway and the adjoining rooms. Interestingly, the
doors on the left side of the house are single, rather than the usual double that is on the entry to the family room on the right.
House 6 - The Light House
Living Room
The living room, which was once the front parlor, is centered by an ornate fireplace on which the owners replaced the original
white tile surround with black granite. They also replaced the flooring in the center of the inlaid mahogany border with quarter
sawn white oak to match the rest of the floor. As was common when the house was built – and Oriental or other woven rugs were
de rigueur – the original floor enclosed by the border was
constructed of pine. This feature repeats in all of the downstairs
rooms. Charcoal drawings of the three sons at age six, sketched by
a Baltimore artist, grace the walls.
Dining Room
Once the back parlor, the current dining room consists of the wife’s
mother’s mahogany dining table, Hepplewhite-style chairs and large
breakfront. The unusual chandelier replaces one which was originally
powered by natural gas, as were all the light fixtures in the house. The
marble-topped server with burled walnut panels was an antique shop
find that fits its nook perfectly. Powder and mud rooms behind the
dining room provide modern convenience.
The stairway is dominated by a set of three beautiful stained glass
windows, situated and designed to enhance the bright afternoon
sunlight. The hallway is further enhanced by a large crystal chandelier that was installed
by the current owners. Note the transition to pine flooring on the second floor. The family
refers to the large landing as “The Lobby” and utilizes it frequently for homework and
general computer work.
House 6 - The Light House
Sons’ Bedrooms/Baths
The three sons’ rooms and the guest room/office all display original mantels and tile surrounds. The owners installed new eye-ball
lighting to highlight these features. Formerly, the fireplaces would have operated with natural gas-powered Taylor burners, a feature
common to homes of this age. The baths were also modernized by the current owners. The family decided to leave the original
built-in closet in the Jack and Jill bath rather than replace it with a stand-alone shower. A double window to the right was installed
by previous owners in place of an original door. It would have once lead onto
a flat roof imparting extensive views of the area, including the train
tracks that were eventually replaced by Route 65.
Kitchen/Family Room
The current owners remodeled the kitchen to include cherry cabinets and built-ins and a granite countertop. A six-burner stove
and two sinks provide ease in prepping, cooking and clean-up. A wall was removed to make the family room continuous with the
kitchen, but the ornate mantel and crown molding are original to what was once the home’s dining room. The cast iron finials on
the mantel were discovered on the property by recent landscapers. They were part of the railing of a stairway leading from the
home to the old railway lines.
Third Floor Suite
Note the framed plaster “box” on the wall of the third floor staircase.
This space originally contained a window to illuminate the closet
behind it, again to take advantage of natural light. The spacious master
bath provides modern conveniences, including a heated towel rack and
washer/dryer, while maintaining the spirit of the house. A dormer on
the left again features an original window allowing for natural light.
The window straight ahead of the doorway provides a view of the
Ohio River.
Lower Level
Featuring 22-inch thick walls, the large basement was finished in 2011
to allow a variety of functions. A new wine cellar replaces a bathroom that
contained a large bathtub, thought to have been used by servants for washing
laundry. A new bathroom, a game room with television, extensive storage on either side of the back hallway, and a sound-proof
music room/home theater complete the suite.
House 6 - The Light House
House 6 - The Light House
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Three Rivers Cookbook Series
The cookbooks may be purchased at the YMCA Community Center during the House Tour.
Edgeworth Club
The Club will be open to the public for both lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday.
Served from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Served from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
In addition to several menu selections for the lunches and dinners, the Club’s weekly Friday night pasta dinner
will be offered. Cash and checks will be accepted for payment.
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Volume 3
Volume 4
For over 35 years, Child Health has raised money through the sales of the award-winning and
nationally renowned Three Rivers Cookbook series. Our highly acclaimed books have been honored
with several awards including the Southern Living Community Cookbook Hall of Fame and the
Walter S. McIlhenny Hall of Fame Tabasco Award.
All proceeds benefit children of western Pennsylvania.
For more information, please visit us on the web at
You may call 412.741.8500 to make a reservation. Reservations are preferred but not required.
Bus Tour – May 4th
Bus tour guests will be served a lunch using recipes from the Three Rivers Cookbook Series: Renaissance Cookbook IV.
Fresh Mushroom Soup - Page 35
Poulet Parisienne - Page 99
Recipe from Edgeworth Mayor Wayne Murphy
Perfect Rice - Page 176
Roasted Lemon Broccoli - Page 163
Judy's Carrot Cake - Page 229
Jennifer George
A Unique and Different Designer
During the Sewickley House Tour, Jennifer George will be displaying and selling
her unique jewelry at the YMCA Community Center.
Sewickley Village Restaurants
B Gourmet
Marino’s Italian Kitchen
Sweetwater Grille
428 Beaver Street  412.337.9735
616 Beaver Street  412.741.7868
424 Walnut Street  412.741.4944
Bruegger’s Bagels
Naked Grape Wine Bar
Ultimate Pastry Shop
422 Beaver Street  412.741.3069
515 Broad Street  412.741.6420
445 Beaver Street  412.741.9150
Jennifer is a talented New York City designer whose jewelry has appeared in The New York Times,
New York Magazine and O Magazine. Her one-of-a kind pieces - necklaces, lavalieres, bracelets, belts –
have a distinctive vintage look. She scours flea markets and tag sales collecting items such as vintage
jewelry, findings and beads, all of which are used to create her unique jewelry. Café des Amis
Roma Resaurant
Vivo Kitchen
443 Division Street  412.741.2388
426 Beaver Street  412.741.1744
432 Beaver Street  412.259.8946
In addition to her ready-to-wear pieces, Jennifer does private commission work combining her customers'
own memorabilia with her antique bits to create unique personal necklaces and bracelets for her customers.
China Palace
Sewickley Café
Vocelli Pizza
409 Broad Street  412.749.7423
409 Beaver Street  412.749.0300
422 Walnut Street  412.741.8700
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to
the Child Health Association of Sewickley.
For more information, please visit
East Coast Sandwiches
Sewickley Hotel
400 Beaver Street  412.741.7056
509 Beaver Street  412.741.9457
Half Nych Hot Dogs
Sharp Edge Bistro
444 Walnut Street
510 Beaver Street  412.749.0305
Child Health Association of Sewickley
2011 Grant Recipients
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Public Schools
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation
Sewickley Area Libraries
Coraopolis Youth Network/Cornell School District
Three Rivers Adoption Council
Glade Run Foundation
Wesley Spectrum Services
Laughlin Children’s Center
Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Stop at
Robinson’s Home and Garden
For an exceptional selection of high quality
annuals, perennials, shrubs, herbs and vegetables.

The Basket Loft
For containers, gifts, seasonal décor,
home décor, candles, and more.
527 Blackburn Avenue • Sewickley, PA • 412.741.8740
through August 1st 2012
Penguin Bookshop
is an independent local
bookstore operating in
the heart of Sewickley
for over 80 years. | 412.741.3838
Hours: Monday - Friday 9-8 | Saturday 9-6
420 Beaver Street Sewickley 15143
Celebrating the World
We are proud to support the Sewickley House Tour
Stop by our Sewickley branch today!
510 Beaver Street
(412) 749-5435 •
F ine Table Linens, Luxury Bedding, Gifts for the Home
425 Walnut Street  Sewickley, PA 15143  412.741.7600
Shop online!
Federally Insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender.
Tour Notes
The 35th
Thank You!
We hope you enjoyed your day in Sewickley
and look forward to seeing you at the
36th Sewickley House Tour in 2014.
Thank you and come again!
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