Preservation Personals: A Riverside Retreat Outside Pittsburgh
If you’re looking to restore a property with a unique pedigree, I’m the right choice. You’ll have to put in some funds to return me to my 19th-century glory, but with a listing price of $55,000 and the potential to turn me into a lucrative business, I’m a steal in the long run. Trust me: At the ripe age of 205, I know all about the long run.
My original wooden side was finished in 1814, but my larger brick addition didn’t make its debut until 1846. Today, both sides give me over 2,700 square feet of available space in nine rooms.
My first owner, John C. Plumer, was an early European inhabitant of the area. He built me after his service during the War of 1812 as a retreat for himself and his new bride on the bank of the Youghiogheny River. I’ve been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979, and thanks to the hard work of multiple preservation groups in West Newton, I have an easement protecting my exterior in perpetuity.
Don’t worry about restrictions, though: I’m zoned as commercial and residential, so once you’ve fixed me up, the possibilities for my interior are endless. I’m right next to downtown West Newton’s business district, and just across a bridge from the Youghiogheny River Trail, a recreational space that brings thousands of enthusiasts and bikers traveling the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., right past me. I could be a bed-and-breakfast, a local event space, a general store—or I could just be your own private home, conveniently located next to town and to the great outdoors.