This year’s Observatory Hill House Tour took place on June 2 and explored the home and garden spaces of the neighborhood’s Acorn Hill section.
Guests of this year’s Observatory Hill House Tour, called “Observatory Hill in a Nutshell,” registered at Riverview United Presbyterian Church, where they picked up their maps and tour books. There was a total of 11 stops on the tour and guests were encouraged to go their own way and explore the featured points of interest in any order they’d like. Beverage samples for the day were provided by Allegheny City Brewing, 412 Brewery, Wigle Whiskey, Platform Beer Co., Spring Hill Brewing, Lincoln Avenue Brewery, War Streets Brewery, and Threadbare Cider House & Meadery. For more information on Observatory Hill, visit
Photos by Lauren Stauffer
This house is on the famed “Judges’ Row” section of the Observatory Hill neigborhood.
Pitt-themed carpeting and colors will be replaced later this year to reflect the team’s makeover.
Former servants’ quarters is now a game room and exhibit of collector’s items.
A group of collectible figurines inside the game room.
The kitchen was renovated “down to the studs” to create this retro-themed area.
A horse trough once stood in front of this house.
Inside, guests can admire a large collection of art.
New windows have the original moldings and trim.
A red-bellied woodpecker stops by the rear patio space.
The original construction of this house began in 1905.
It features a wraparound porch with wicker seating that’s mostly over a century old.
Typewriters are displayed on this kitschy wall.
Parquet floors and pocket doors help control the temperature.
This home from the 1920s “brings country living into the city.”
The owners say they use the door in the back more often than the front.
Doorways throughout the house were widened and raised to the ceiling.
The home has an equestrian theme because the owners own horses.
A jockey stands guard at the back of the home.
Spring Hill Brewing serving up snacks and brews.
When this house was new in 1924, it sold for $9,000.
Guests gather on the three-season porch.
The 11-foot window in the dining room provides plenty of light.
This Dutch Colonial home was advertised at $20,000 in 1924.
The “midcentury farmhouse” theme is noticeable in this bedroom with exposed brick walls.
Antique lights, fans, and feed bins can be found throughout the house.
The side porch and garden are great for enjoying a morning cup of coffee.
The hillside garden offers an inviting entrance to this Craftsman-style home.
The owner’s father removed the old facade of the fireplace and did the tile work that now surrounds it.
The vanity/bar located in the dining room was originally owned by the owner’s great-grandfather.
Allegheny City Brewing with beverages on tap.
“Its altitude is 1215 feet above sea-level. Here the air is pure, free from the dirt and smoke of the city,” reads an early 1920s ad featuring this spot.
The home’s gardens are on display.
A furnished front porch acts as an extended living room.
This “stately” home sold for $6,500 in 1907.
All of the woodwork is original.
The fireplace in the dining room had the mantel stripped and granite put in.
An outdoor waterfall adds to the serenity of the space.
This “lodge-like” home was designed and built in 1936.
The front door hints at the art inside this home’s walls.
A dining nook pairs bold color with soft florals.
An open floor plan makes the space larger than it looks from outside.