Self-guided house, garden tours highlight historic homes


Photo courtesy of Gina Grone
A photo from one of the houses that was featured on the 2014 Historic Deutschtown House Tour. This specific home is located on Cedar Avenue. The tour is organized and sponsored by the East Allegheny Community Council.

By Alyse Horn

Take a walk on the historic side.

The 2016 Historic Deutschtown House Tour and the 47th Annual Mexican War Streets House & Garden Tour will take place this month; tickets are currently on sale for both.

The MWS House & Garden tour will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 and consists of a self-guided tour of the historic homes and gardens throughout the neighborhood.

Volunteers are needed for the MWS House & Garden Tour. Shift times run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Those who volunteer will receive complimentary admission to the House Tour, a light breakfast and lunch at the Hospitality House, and will be able to attend the After-Tour party. If interested, contact Cindy Nichols at

The 2016 Historic Deutschtown House Tour will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 25. Like the MWS, this is a self-guided tour that allows attendees to leisurely explore the historic homes, many of which were built on the mid 1800s. According to Gina Grone, co-chair of the house tour, many homes show examples of the architecture during that time through restored Federal, Italianate, Queen Anne, Second Empire and Romanesque designs.

Tickets for the MWS House & Garden Tour are $18 in advance and $20 the day of. To purchase tickets online, visit To purchase tickets the day of, visit the welcome table near Monterey and Eloise Streets. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Tickets for the Deutschtown House Tour are also $18 in advance and $20 the day of. Tickets can be purchased online at To purchase tickets the day of the tour, visit the check-in table at the intersection of Middle and Foreland streets. For this year’s tour, 100 percent of the proceeds are being donated to the Allegheny Commons Park and will aid in efforts to rebuild the northeast fountain.

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