Highland Park tour features diverse architecture
The May 7 Highland Park House Tour will feature 12 homes in a variety of architectural styles, including Victorian, midcentury modern and craftsman.
Scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the self-guided walking tour will begin at the rectory of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 5801 Hampton St., itself an example of the gothic revival movement in American architecture.
“The purpose of the Highland Park House Tour is to show that these old homes can be rescued, restored and reimagined; to give the broader community an opportunity to experience Highland Park's wonderfully diverse architecture and rich history, inside and out; and to give proud homeowners the opportunity to show off their hard work and vision,” says tour co-chairwoman Monica Watt.
The Highland Park area was first settled in 1778 by Alexander Negley, a German immigrant. It developed as a residential neighborhood in the latter part of the 19th century, with construction of many substantial homes spaced further apart than row houses in fully urban neighborhoods such as Bloomfield and Lawrenceville.
This year, tour planners have added a VIP cocktail party from 6 to 8 p.m. May 6 at a residence that is not included in the tour. The single-family home was built in 1922 and completely redone in 2015.
Proceeds benefit the Highland Park Community Council, Pittsburgh's oldest neighborhood association.
Tour tickets are $25, $22 in advance.
A cocktail party ticket is $125 and includes admission to the tour. Tickets are available until May 2 at 2016housetour.eventbrite.com.
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.