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.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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Situated near the University of Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Library still resides within it’s original building. Recent renovations have preserved its character while allowing for state of the art library services. The library was founded in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, along with 5 other local branches. Today, the system has grown to 16 branches with 2 more on the way.Read more…

Providence Meeting House (Quaker Church)

Quaker Church Rd, Perryopolis, PA 15473

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The Quaker Church (as it is locally known) is the third building to stand on this site, erected in 1893. It was constructed from the original stone of the previous meetinghouse. The Providence Meeting House was first chartered in 1789 to Mr. John Cope as a branch of the Redstone Monthly Meeting, which consisted of several Quaker families. It actively served as a church until around 1880. Only one acre of the original ground remains, and a gated cemetery surrounds the sole structure.Read more…

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Fallingwater

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.Read more…

Washington Grist Mill, Perryopolis, PA

Washington Grist Mill

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.Read more…

Old Economy Village

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.Read more…