c. 1880 Italianate – Pittsburg, PA

Added to OHD on 2/5/14   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   17 Comments

648 S Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2343 Sq Ft
Great rehab potential in the West End Village! Darling house on spacious lot, truly a diamond in the rough. Features a great deal of original woodwork - beautiful main staircase and butler's stair, decorative fireplaces. House has been partially gutted ; needs roof, plumbing, electrical, more. Walk to the amenities of S Main Street: galleries, restaurants, bakery, the Carnegie Library, and playgrounds. Two mile commute to Downtown or Station Square. - even walkable. Be part of a revitalizing community!

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17 Comments on c. 1880 Italianate – Pittsburg, PA

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  1. Kate says: 1 comments

    It certainly has some potential-once all the junk was cleared out, one would get a better idea of room size. Wish there were some “finds” like this in the city I live in (Canada)-would love to have a house like this as a project home to work on as time allows.

  2. Ross says: 2443 comments

    I agree Kelly, the house is certainly older than 1906.

    The fabulous staircase alone is worth the asking price.

    The house seems restorable, but the street seems depressing. Most of the immediate area seems to have been demolished.

  3. Jim R. says: 50 comments

    1880’s or so? Italianate aspects, though of a modest character.

  4. says: 349 comments

    The entry hall is a real surprise. Very nice.

    Interesting photo from the second floor looking down the back-to-back front and service stairs.

    Though the immediate streetscape looks a little hardscrabble, I hope the realtor’s optimism for neighborhood revitalization plans and proximity to downtown holds out, and that the house finds a good buyer.

  5. Debbie says: 7 comments

    I looked at the street view and kept exploring the rest of the block, and it looks like a charming area. If I had the money, time, and expertise, I would buy this in a heartbeat and restore it. And even keep it to live in! 🙂

  6. Vicki F. says: 61 comments

    I see the bones of a very elegant “little lady” here. Although seemingly smaller than most houses displaying these interior treasures, I think it would be well worth restoring. There appears to have been a major water problem attested by the ceiling in the chair graveyard (and oh yes, I’d love to get in there and plunder). Quite interesting.

  7. says: 13 comments

    I love the two staircases seemingly side-by-side. I’ve never seen that feature before. A true diamond in the rough. I’d love a shot at this!

  8. Beverly says: 1 comments

    That beautiful banister looks to be very much the same as the Mahogany banister I used to slide down when I was a kid. It was in an Italianate Victorian hotel in my hometown, built in 1883.

  9. Nikita says: 1 comments

    My cats would love chasing up then down on those two staircases! lol

  10. TimothyTimothy says: 140 comments

    I agree with John. I would insist that the contents be included in the sale. You never know what treasures may be hidden amidst all the junk.

    I bought an estate sale home in Peoria, IL once that the children of the deceased lady wanted nothing to do with. I bought house and contents for a song. I asked the children repeated to go thought the house before I took possession to check for items important to them, (vacation photos, sentimental items, etc.) While sorting though all the clutter I found cash, gold jewelry, a pearl necklace and a couple of cocktail rings. I took the rings to my jeweler and was informed that one ring was a 6 carat white sapphire surrounded by diamonds and the other a 1920 era costume jewelry ring.

    So you never know what surprises may be at the bottom of that pile of “junk”.

  11. Mark says: 143 comments

    I’m guessing there’s a little more work needed than most people expect, even though needing a lot is obvious. Not the worst neighborhood(revitalizing might be optimistic), but homes like this in the absolute worst streets in the city of PGH don’t sell for this little. If the pictures are reflective of the current state, then “partially gutted” seems optimistic as well.

    You would think you can’t go wrong at $12k but you could spend beyond the value in the neighborhood is you have to hire most of the work out. The staircase alone definitely makes the home at least some restoration.

    Is one of the two baths the toilet sitting in front of the mantle?

  12. Mark says: 143 comments

    This is close to everything in the city. Also a couple minutes from the West End Overlook, one of the best places to view the city of PGH. Also of mention, the hilly terrain in this and a lot of similar PGH neighborhoods, can be tough to navigate in winter months.


    I have to wonder about the organization that owns it(is it a government entity?). Seems like maybe it is when they buy it for $31k from someone that bought it for $12K, and then they sell it again at $12K.

  13. Joel says: 20 comments

    Sadly, it sounds like this is going to end up going to a developer, along with several adjacent lots, and get torn down for a new development, unless someone comes up with noticably more than asking. It’s a pity.

  14. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12620 comments

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