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By Margaret Smyka
Contributing Writer 

South Side hosts 17th annual house tour this Saturday


A late 1800s Victorian row home that was recently restored and renovated with the incorporation of an open loft style floor plan will be one of the stops on the 17th Annual Historic South Side Home Tour on Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It is presented by the South Side Local Development Company.

Tickets for the self-guided walking tour are $12 in advance, and $15 on June 7. Group tickets of 10 or more are $12.

There are also $12 discounted tickets for anyone who arrives on a bike or roller blades on the day of the tour. Tour-goers must remove the roller blades before entering a home; bike riders may ride from site to site.

The tour, a fundraiser for the South Side LDC, will be held regardless of rainy weather. Tickets are non-refundable. Children under 12 years of age are not permitted in the tour homes.

Advanced tickets can be purchased at the South Side LDC, 2000 East Carson St., Suite 300, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by phone with credit card at 412-481-0651, extension 10.

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour starting at 9:30 a.m. at either the South Side Carnegie Library, 2205 E. Carson St., or UPMC South Side, 2100 Mary St.

Maps of the tour sites will be distributed at the library or UPMC, regardless of whether you buy your tickets that day or in advance.

Owners or volunteers will be at every site to answer questions.

The tour features: carefully restored historic homes; pressed tin ceilings, hardwood floors, and original woodwork; newer homes and adaptive reuse of historic buildings; homeowners' artwork, favorite collections, and family heirlooms; and a local and national historic district known for its Victorian architecture.

One of the stops on the tour — the aforementioned Victorian row home at 129 South 12th St. — underwent a complete gut renovation last summer. When the owners bought the home, it had its original three stories in the front, and two stories in the back.

"We led the client through the design-build process and value-engineered the client's objective for the renovations of this specific property," said Michael Healey, owner of The Healey Company, a boutique development and general contracting company at 13th and Sarah streets.

The restoration and renovation was a South Side effort: while the Healey Company served as the contractor, David Morgan, of Morgan and Associates, on 12th St., was the architect.

The back of the house was taken off and raised to three stories. An original room with 20-feet high ceilings was dug out and made into a two-car tandem garage.

The home also has all new mechanical, plumbing, and electrical work, and all new finishes throughout.

A lot more natural light was incorporated, said Mr. Healey, and original brick exposed. The old pine floors were also refinished.

The tour sponsors are UPMC South Side, City Theatre, Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, and WYEP radio.

On the same day as the tour, the Annual South Side Community Council Ethnic Lunch will be held at the Brashear Association, 2005 Sarah St., 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $14, cash or check.

The lunch will feature homemade haluski, pierogi, keilbasa, baked fish, potato pancakes, and other ethnic dishes. Takeout is available.

Lunch proceeds benefit the South Side Community Council. You don't have to be a tour-goer to attend the lunch.

For more information on the home tour, call 412-481-0651, extension 30, or visit


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