One of the founding projects of the Manchester Historic Society was to document the rich history of the housing stock in Manchester. Architectural historian Carol Peterson has researched a number of Pittsburgh archives to unearth the backstory of our unique homes even as we continue to preserve the structures themselves. She has compiled full histories on a number of Manchester properties, a few of which are excerpted here.
1337 West North Avenue
John and Sarah Pettit had 1337 W North Avenue built between 1876 and 1877 in the Italianate style. The house at 1337 W North was originally 77 Fayette Street.
1307 W North Avenue
William Fulton purchased the lots from Oliver Scaife and had 1307 and 1309 W North built between 1876 and 1877. A family member built the rest of the row (1311 and 1315) at the same time. The four homes are examples of the Italianate style.
1419 Sheffield Street
Historical records indicate that Robert Hood, along with his business partner, Joseph Smith, constructed a double house at 1417-1419 Sheffield Street in 1874 in the Italianate style.
1410 Pennsylvania Avenue
One of a small number of Gothic Revival houses on Pittsburgh's North Side, 1410 Pennsylvania Avenue was constructed between 1865 and 1867.
1339 Page Street
Indications are that Edwin Earl and Robert Hemiup had 1339 Page Street built in 1884 in the Second Empire style.
1325 W North Avenue
Clarence and Mary Dravo Pettit commissioned construction of 1325 West North Avenue in 1891 in the Richardsonian Romanesque style.
1226 Sheffield Street
Charles Cooper, a factory manager, and his wife, Elizabeth, commissioned construction of 1226 Sheffield Street in 1880 in the Second Empire style.
1220 W North Avenue
1220 West North Avenue is a two and a half story red brick house that was built in 1892 for Isaac Wertheimer, a partner in the Asher Guckenheimer & Brothers distillery