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Above: From left to right, Justin Mistovich, NSCDF Executive Director Mark Masterson, City Council President Darlene Harris and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl reveal the sign for the new Allegheny Inn at Tuesday’s ground breaking. (Photo by Kelsey Shea).
Historic Deutschtown neighbors agree. The old house at the corner of Cedar and W. North Avenue is an eye sore, in an unfortunately visible spot.
“This building has been vacant for so many years,” said Cedar Avenue resident Kathleen Hagan.
Built in 1880 by a young Pittsburgh couples in their early 30s, the house was once stately, before time took its toll. The old brick structure now has boarded windows and peeling paint on the once-grand front porch.
But whether it was the visible location or the architectural remnants of the house’s better days, the property caught the attention of another young couple in their 30s about 130 years later.
Central Northside residents Justin and Keili Mistovich recently purchased 1010 Cedar Avenue and plan to renovate the building and open a new bed and breakfast.
In 6-9 months, the building will reopen as the Allegheny Inn, a five-room inn across the street from Allegheny Hospital, where they hope patients’ families and visiting doctors will stay.
The couple celebrated a ground breaking ceremony on Tuesday night on the front porch of the building with neighbors, friends, project financers and elected officials Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and City Council President Darlene Harris in attendance.
“We’d like to restore the building back to how it would be if you were walking through the neighborhood in the glory days of Allegheny City,” said Allegheny Inn President Justin Mistovich. “The goal is for it to be a welcoming corner into the neighborhood.”
Justin Mistovich is an orthopedic surgeon at Allegheny General Hospital and Keili works as a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital in Lawrenceville.
The project was partially financed by a loan from the Northside Community Development Fund.
“This is one more crossed off the list,” said NSCDF Executive Director Mark Masterson, who noted that community developers have discussed the importance of renovating the building. “This is the fund exist, to help neighborhood projects like this.”