Today’s post for preservation month was shared by Jonathan Denson on his Facebook Page Discovering Historic Pittsburgh. If you are interested in historic buildings, the Discovering Historic Pittsburgh Facebook page should be on your radar. Check out some of his recent posts on homes in Titusville and McKeesport.
Jonathan shared a link to the post about the Moltrup Steel Mansion on the blog Circa, which is an entire blog about old homes all across the country. I could spend all afternoon browsing through the houses on here.
History of the Moltrup Steel Mansion & Moltrup Steel
This house was also featured on the Old House Dreams website and there are lots of comments with more history of this house. Here is what I have pieced together about the history of the house and of the Moltrup Steel Company. I was surprised that there is not much information about Molthup Steel on the internet.
- 1914 – House was built with a steel frame
- 1924 – Stephen Moltrup dies, his wife Ellen stayed in the house with her daughter Helen
- 1964 – Helen Moltrup Townsend bought the house from her mother for $5,256
- 1989 – Moltrup Steel plants sold to Fort Pitt Acquisition Inc
- 1999 – Helen Moltrup Townsend’s son, Stpehen Townsend, sold the house for $122,000
- 2001 – The house was sold for $129,000
- 2004 – The house was sold to Shane Bowser for $144,000
- 2002 – Moltrup Steel plant shut down
- 2007 – Moltrup Steel plant demolished
Fire & water damage, but woodwork, marble & stained glass still intact
While the house definitely needs a restoration, the woodwork and marble are still in place. The house has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a 3 car garage.
There is a unique stained glass window in the photos, I have already emailed the stained glass experts at Preservation Pittsburgh to see what they know about this window.
I was in this house today and it is magnificent! Full disclosure there have been 3 fires in the house and it has severe water damage. Repair estimates are at least $150k-250k. It is a concrete and steel frame but water has wreaked havoc. Still, the woodwork, staircases, and stained glass are in incredible shape.
More photos of the house are available on the listing and on the Old House Dreams blog.
The Google street view image of the house is dated August 2011 and it looks like the house was lived in at the time, or at least decorated with flags for the holiday.
The house is located just a few blocks away from the Beaver River.
Moltrup Steel Mansion Listing
Address: 914 8th Ave, Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Listing Agent: Melissa Hill, Northwood Realty
Asking Price: $89,500