Manchester Historic Society welcomed neighbors and friends to the annual Manchester House & Garden Tour on Sunday, August 5.
Manchester showcases fine examples of architecture from the 19th and early 20th century. In 1975, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. This year’s tour consisted of 12 different locations and pedicabs were available to guests as complimentary transportation between houses.
Photos by Clifton Loosier
Manchester was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
The Manchester Historic Society purchased the home of an early iron manufacturer, Colonel James Anderson, in 2016.
One plan for this home is to replicate Anderson’s library
La Prima Espresso arrived in Manchester in 2013.
Anthony Jessel, Production Roaster, pictured with a tour guest, roasts a batch of coffee beans
Coffee beans should not be ground until at least 24 hours after roasting
Jessel says once you’re used to which color you’re looking for in certain coffee beans, you could roast them in your sleep.
Charles W. Cooper and his wife, Elizabeth P. Demuth Cooper built their dream home without a mortgage in 1880.
First floors of Victorian homes were decorated to impress.
Third floor renovations
One part of the “double master,” or adjoining his and hers bedrooms
Victorian style means vivid color and extravagance
Original painted ceiling
The decorations continued from the first floor dining room to the second floor, a sign of the original owners’ wealth
Current owner says the house has been a work in progress “for many moons.”
Original wallpaper was traced by hand and made into replica stencils
This nook was originally for a telephone
Bright red porch furniture fits right in to this Southwestern-themed house
Statue on the end of the staircase
Owner in his southwestern-inspired kitchen
Busts pair well with this Italianate style house built in 1868
Koi pond in the backyard garden area
Manchester’s eclectic mix of architecture makes for many home decor projects.
The owner uses this found laundry cart to hold extra seating for guests.
According to the owner, this 1920’s gem was the first “conservatorship” building in Western Pennsylvania.
Loft space is cozy and bright
Flowers fill this neighborhood backyard
House and garden owner offered iced tea and conversation
Old-fashioned Americana hangs on the wall of these industrial lofts
Oakley the dog is overwhelmed with guests pouring in
Kitchenware shows the owners’ appreciation for art and design
The perfect home for music lovers
Owner praises David McAnallen’s eye for design
This house, like others on the tour, was revitalized after formerly being condemned
“Camp Pittsburgh” is the second home of these owners
Pizza oven is a new backyard addition