Historic Buildings Around Pittsburgh

Well-preserved homes, bridges and institutions dot the landscape across western Pennsylvania in the towns, cities and countryside. Explore the history and architecture in Pittsburgh and its surrounding counties.

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1491 Mill Run Rd, Mill Run, PA 15464

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In 1937, construction was completed on Fallingwater, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The brilliant design fused nature and function like no other – complete with a stream running through the house. This much celebrated vacation home in the Laurel Highlands of Edgar and Liliane Kaufman is now open to the public and under direction of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Plan to visit during all four seasons, as each season brings its own unique beauty.

Washington Grist Mill, Perryopolis, PA

411 Layton Rd, Perryopolis, PA 15473

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Reconstructed in 1999, the Grist Mill is a close replica to the original that was owned by George Washington.  Washington had the mill constructed in 1774-1776 on land that he owned as an investment.  Although he didn’t run the day to day operations (he was busy being the first president), he frequented the site and inspected it.  The Perryopolis Historical Society offers tours of the Mill, as well as a Distillery, “Bake Shop” and other attractions on the site.

Kentuck Knob

723 Kentuck Rd, Dunbar, PA 15431

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As a friend and business acquaintance of Edgar Kaufmann, I. N. Hagen visited Fallingwater often and hired Frank Lloyd Wright to design a similar home for him nearby.  Kentuck Knob is near Chalk Hill, on the other side of Ohiopyle from Fallingwater, and now offers private and public tours as well.  The homestead features a unique “Usonian” design, with a single floor plan with no attic or basement.

270 16th Street, Ambridge, PA 15003

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In 1824, the Harmony Society returned to Pennsylvania, this time settling in Beaver County along the Ohio River. There they founded “Oekonomie,” now better known as Old Economy Village. It was here that the Society gained worldwide recognition for its religious devotion and economic prosperity. Explore the visitors center, stroll the grounds or take a guided tour of the remaining buildings in their original locations.

Harmony Museum

218 Mercer St, Harmony, PA 16037

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Harmony, Pennsylvania is known for its long and diverse history, and for its quaint and country setting. The Harmony Museum brings the “big history of this little town” alive, with exhibits about George Washington, Father George Rapp and the Harmonists, and much more.

Nemacolin Castle, Brownsville, PA

136 Front St, Brownsville, PA 15417

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In Brownsville, situated high above the Monongahela River, sits this historic castle. Guided tours are offered along with many other events throughout the year. The Ghost Tours are particularly popular!

Friendship Hill National Historic Site

223 New Geneva Road, Point Marion, PA 15474

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Friendship Hill was the country estate of Albert Gallatin, well known especially for his service as Secretary of the Treasury for the Jefferson and Madison administration. His name is still prominent in areas across Fayette County. The 661-acre estate is now maintained and run by the National Park Service. An audio self-tour is available, as well as ranger tours. The grounds surrounding the homestead contain many nature trails that are open to the public. Check the website for additional activities and special events.