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Longfellow, Alden & Harlow Houses in Sewickley, PA (Bus Tour)

September 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Saturday, September 14, 2019
1:00 to 4:30 p.m.    

Board a mini-bus at St. Stephen’s Church and travel to six homes in Sewickley and Edgeworth boroughs that will be specially opened for our afternoon visit. You’ll see and learn about the work of distinguished architects and interior designers including Longfellow, Alden, & Harlow; Leake & Greene; and Irving & Casson. The tour is a collaboration between PHLF and the Sewickley Valley Historical Society (SVHS). Our tour guides will be Mary Beth Pastorius, a scholar of Longfellow, Alden & Harlow and trustee of both PHLF and SVHS; Joe Zemba, Vice President of SVHS; and Tim Merrill, PHLF docent and SVHS member. In addition, Mary Jane Carpenter, who has extensively studied the life of Frank Alden, will be traveling from Martha’s Vineyard to join us. Longfellow, Alden & Harlow (LAH) established offices in Boston and Pittsburgh, where they designed 140 buildings between 1886 and 1896. Best known as the designers of the original Carnegie Institute in Oakland and the Duquesne Club in downtown Pittsburgh, LAH designed many fine homes in the Pittsburgh region. The homes the firm designed in the Sewickley Valley have been well cared for by successive generations and are a treat to see. We thank the owners for graciously agreeing to open them to us for this special tour.

Fee: $35 for members of PHLF and SVHS; $50 for non-members

Registration is limited to 45 people and advance paid reservations are or 412-471-5808, ext. 527. Paid reservations by Friday, August 9, 2019

Meeting location: St. Stephen’s Church Parking Lot between Broad Street and Walnut Street, Sewickley, PA 15143

Ending location: St. Stephen’s Church, Sewickley, PA 15143

Please note: Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour time. Although participants will be transported by bus to the various homes, the tour groups will be walking from one home to another at times or around a block. The terrain is relatively flat but the sidewalks are uneven at times. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Before the tour begins, each participant will be asked to sign his/her name on a form indicating that he/she is “fully able to participate in this PHLF tour and assumes all risk of participation.” The houses are not handicap accessible.

Parking: St. Stephen’s Church Parking Lot between Broad Street and Walnut Street, Sewickley, PA 15143

Public Transportation: 

  • Port Authority bus lines stop near the meeting and ending points. Call PAT for fares and schedules: 412-442-2000


September 14, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633