June 29, 2018

Preservation Personals: A Cheerful Queen Anne in Historic Beallsville, Pennsylvania

  • By: Meghan White

The level of craftsmanship in Victorian-era houses is nearly impossible to replicate today, so I’m lucky to call myself the real deal. I’m a modest Queen Anne in Beallsville, a town in southwest Pennsylvania, about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh. It’s a pretty small town—and by pretty, I mean under 600 people live here, and many of its Greek Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne buildings are included in the Beallsville Historic District.

I’m perched on top of a grassy hill right off Main Street. I’m in the heart of the town, but there’s plenty of green space around me. I bet you’ll love the wrap-around porch as much as my previous owners have.

You’ll understand why I’m a registered county landmark when you open the front door. From the entryway to the top floor, the woodwork—six sets of pocket doors, mantelpieces surrounding my six fireplaces, the main staircase, and window seats—pops out. My staircase might be my favorite feature. They just don’t make them like that anymore! The giant newel post, hefty balustrade, and sturdy turned spindles are rather eye-catching and are sure to be noticed by anyone you invite over.

The gourmet kitchen was recently updated and has plenty of space for entertaining. I also have a new patio out back, a picturesque gazebo, a pool, and a detached garage. With four beds and two baths, I’m a perfect option for a family, but I could also be turned into a bed-and-breakfast.

Learn more about me here.

I'm a frame Queen Anne painted yellow with red trim.

photo by: Erica Shulsky

Beallsville, PA 15313.

My new kitchen has flair.

photo by: Erica Shulsky

The spacious kitchen has custom lighting and stainless appliances.

My impressive staircase.

photo by: Erica Shulsky

Light from the stained glass window illuminates my main staircase.

Meghan White is a historic preservationist and an assistant editor for Preservation magazine. She has a penchant for historic stables, absorbing stories of the past, and one day rehabilitating a Charleston single house.


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