1910 – Beaver Falls, PA

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Added to OHD on 5/19/17 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 130 Comments
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Stately masterpiece of a home known as the Moltrup Steel Mansion waiting to be restored back to its glory! Known for its impressive design and craftsmanship, one is mesmerized by the foyer that's reminiscent of The Great Gatsby mansion with its intricate woodwork, stained glass window and split stairway. The main living areas of the home offer soaring ceilings, luxurious crown moldings and grandeur. The judges paneling in the dining room and built-in china closet is pristine. The second floor owner's retreat has a sitting area and a private sun porch. There is a second stairwell that leads to the third floor for even more space. 3 car detached garage, central location just a short distance to 7th Ave shopping and Geneva College!
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123 Comments on 1910 – Beaver Falls, PA

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  1. Peg says: 60 comments

    She is a unique and beautiful home. The woodwork and stained glass are incredible. I wonder about her baths and kitchen. Looking at the originalelectrical service, though interesting historically, I see a 5500 sq ft knob and tube nightmare.

    • Joe Wolfenden says: 2 comments

      Knob and tube is ok in many instances. At least for overhead lighting that does not use as much power. Especially with today’s led’s.
      For baseboard plugs not so good. No ground and will not take the larger loads we have now.

    • Stephen Townsend says: 5 comments

      Correction: The electric system is not knob and tube but rather steel conduit as in proper commercial buildings. As for the electrical capacity. The service is fused for 100 amps, there are about 32 circuits leaving the board, most fused for 30 amps.
      StephenT (Stephen Moltrup’s grandson)

      • kloben says: 24 comments

        Stephen, this comment and the one about the water damage are very interesting. This house intrigues us as we have been thinking about a return to Pittsburgh for many years. Would love to explore your thoughts further. klobenstein@gmail.com

      • Lynore Hardman says: 1 comments

        My husband and I have been seriously looking at this home. Do you have any of the original construction plans or photos of the house during construction?


      • Betty Nelson says: 12 comments

        Hi Stephen, do you or a family member by any chance have the blueprints? It would be good to know just where the pipes are located throughout and their size to see if it can be repaired. I was in this house about 18 years ago and should have bought it then as it seems the previous owners after your family really didn’t improve on anything and the bank did serious damage. I am viewing next weekend. Can email me at offtocamp1@gmail.com if you have any comments or insight.

  2. CoraCora says: 1805 comments

    A Mona Lisa! A beautiful lady, looking a bit sad and wistful.

    I love it – wish we could see more of it. What a gorgeous gem this could be again.

  3. Scott Cunningham says: 370 comments

    Wow!!! Obviously has been neglected, but if the bones are OK, this one is a HUGE opportunity for someone willing to clean the old girl up and show her some love!

  4. Mary Beth says: 44 comments

    There is so much original woodwork, marble, and stain glass just begging to be saved! A new roof, new wiring, repair of water damage, a good check of the foundation, brickwork, plumbing and heating, and finally a cosmetic re-configuring of the downspouts would make this lovely home a true stunner. Could at least the doors of the old garage could be saved? This lovely old lady is really talking to me!

    • Stephen Townsend says: 5 comments

      The wiring would not be a problem except for the desirability of adding floor plugs. The real nightmare would be fixing all the water leaks. It appears that when the bank foreclosed on the last owners, they didn’t bother to keep the house heated over the winter. The pipes for the hot water heating system froze and ruptured. In the spring thaw, water rained down from everywhere. The huge difficulty arises form the fact that the house is completely fireproof. all walls (interior as well) are laid up using hollow tile, all floors are pored concrete, the roof is precast concrete slabs supported on steel beams. There is no wood used for structural purposes. As for the water pipes of the heating system, many are cast in the concrete floors. This is the nightmare.

      • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9425 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Have you seen the home in person? I read elsewhere there had been a fire.

        • SL Hamner says: 1 comments

          Saw it today. Fire was on back porch. Damage was contained to the already damaged back porch

          • Philip Poburka says: 23 comments

            Yes…this was my observation also…and the Fire Damage the back Porch suffered, is quite minimal.

            Back Porch would have needed to be rebuilt anyway, so, what little Fire damage there is, is not meaningful.

            Cieling Novelty Board / Toungue and Groove had some damage prior to the small Fire, and about all the Fire did was get some soot on to an already damaged ceiling…and get up through the old large Hole in the Ceiling to soot up some of the Wooden Rafters.

            Back Porch is Wood, and not built like the rest of the House is.

      • hal says: 2 comments

        Stephen would one be able to remove wall panels to repair steam/water lines or be able ot bore holes in floor to run new ones. I have restored several mansions in downtown Detroit and am very interested in that one to beautiful to just let go I am going to drive down next weekend.heat lines are my only worry

        • Philip Poburka says: 23 comments

          Hopefully Stephen will be along to reply.

          My own opinion, is…”not really”.

          Floors are Concrete in Steel Pans…Walls are Masonry with however much Grouting…Expanded Steel Mesh Lath, and Plaster.

          Pipes and Conduit are “in” the Walls and Floors.

          One could of course bore a hole through a Floor vertically or through a Wall horizontally…but there would be no way to bore holes within the Floors horizontally, nor in the Walls, vertically.

          One could “vee” out channels in either to lay new Pipes, but it would be messy, crude and tedious.

          I wish I knew more about just what all the last private Owner was doing with the Home, and what shape various things were in, when he got it…or why they even bought the Home in the first place, other than they wanted a lot of room, cheap.

          I am tempted to guess, that the supposed fifteen or sixteen adopted 3rd world preschoolers he and his wife had, ( or so I had heard, anyway…) may well have flushed a lot of small plastic Toys and who knows what else, down the old Commodes, leading to the damage to the Floor Mozaics from supposed ‘repairs’ being started in the Bathroom Floors.

          When I was there I saw nothing in the way of anyone having done any upkeep or proper repairs or Maintenance whatever to anything in decades.

          The Garage could be wonderful if the Roof were repaired and some basic maintenance done, yet I saw nothing to suggest anyone having lifted a finger to do anything for the Garage either, in many decades.

          All the Wooden Sash Windows are nudging toward their twilight or eclipse for want of Paint and Putty…and of Water soaking in to them from Rains, and ruining the Wood.

          Someone recently patched up some fallen Plaster in the Attic along one wall, but I do not think that was the family themselves during their tenure.

          Otherwise, the poor old thing is kind of running out of time for want of maintenance and proper Scrape, Prime, Putty and Paint for all those Windows, which in another year or more, without, they may not be save-able.

          I understand the Home is soon headed to Auction if no one steps up to the plate for the latest price reduction.

        • Joe says: 538 comments

          I think that your best bet for a heat system now might be to lift the wood floors and install radiant with pex tubing loops placed in plywood cut out to hold the tubing. You would then have to reinstall floors over it. It is a big project, but at the right purchase price the house certainly appears to be worth it. The concrete floors may be a great heat sink.

  5. DJ says: 74 comments

    breaks your heart to see ! These towns that had money back in the day, made houses like we will never see again as far as good construction. Now just left to rot. Hard to believe. Some good doctor or lawyer hopefully wants to save this and has the money to do it. The woodwork is amazing. Stained glass so beautiful !

  6. Sharon says: 1 comments

    This home is so lovely and could be a jewel if restored properly. She is in the downtown area of our small city. Oddly, I had teased my husband about looking at it when it was for sale about 10 or so years ago. He wanted no part of the renovation required. But what an opportunity.

  7. Bethany says: 2398 comments
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    Escondido, CA

    Stuff my dreams are made of. Truly tantalizing.

  8. SharonSharon says: 278 comments
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    Sedalia, MO

    Gosh, I’d like to see period photos of this place. Just a better view of the whimsical stained glass would be appreciated.

  9. Robin Enstrom says: 2 comments

    Just needs a bit of love
    what a grand old lady

  10. JimHJimH says: 3822 comments
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    Built for Stephen Moltrup (1863-1924), who started the Moltrup Steel works with his brother J.T in 1914. The plant employed up to 200 and shut down in 2002, and was demolished a few years later.
    Stephen and his wife Ellen Miller raised three daughters here. After he died, his widow and daughters lived in the home for decades, plus a few husbands and grandchildren.

  11. Ms. Charlotte says: 1 comments

    What would one call the architectural style of this home?

  12. EricHtown says: 251 comments

    Wow this house has serious beautiful potential. The stained glass in the landing is stunning. I don’t know where Beaver Falls is but this looks like an elegant bargain for someone.

  13. Kim says: 1 comments

    My first thought was: “What would “Restoring Ross” do about that middle downspout?”

    • joe says: 538 comments

      It seems likely to me that the downspouts would have originally been copper. The painted galvanized ones now on the house don’t reflect the quality of the original construction. I can’t see how the original downspout would have been unless there was none when the house was built.

    • RossRoss says: 2314 comments

      Restoring Ross would find an archival image of the exterior, and then recreate whatever the original downspout situation was!

      • Tiffaney Jewel says: 86 comments

        I could have answered this for you, because I’ve been reading your blog long enough to know that that’s your MO. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Recreate original things wherever possible!

        • SueSue says: 1176 comments
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          1802 Cape

          Thanks Tiffaney for sharing that Ross has a blog something I was not aware of. I will be following as well.

          • Tiffaney says: 86 comments

            You’re quite welcome! I highly recommend. Start from the beginning, and be prepared to pick your jaw up off the floor.


            • Teri W says: 137 comments

              I didn’t know of this either! I love Ross’s comments and just saved the blog to my reading list. Thank you!

    • Ed FerrisEd Ferris says: 292 comments

      The adjacent gables were a mannerism of the style; Joy Wheeler Dow’s Canterbury Keys has three of them, with two downspouts just like the middle one here. Apparently they thought it looked Elizabethan.

    • Stephen Townsend says: 5 comments

      That middle downspout, until a very few years age, divided just over the center window making the whole thing symmetrical. The downspouts are all copper. They were painted the same color as the bricks so they didn’t leap out at you, as was all the outside trim.

  14. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 865 comments

    Boy. What a gorgeous gem of a home. I would LOVE to get my hands on this one. The first glimpse had me at the porte cochere. Too bad there aren’t photos of the bathroom(s) and kitchen. Curiouser and curiouser…

  15. Kevin O'Neill says: 123 comments

    The stained glass and stairway remind me of the Titanic. Actually the whole house reminds me of it.

  16. Tony D says: 75 comments

    What an awesome home…She is grand in all ways but yet simple, and has me drawn in. I love the stained glass and the leaded built ins…I could go on and on!

  17. Zoomey says: 438 comments

    So beautiful, but on a small lot! I would like to see this lovely house in a large garden. If only I were young and energetic, this would be such a fantastic project to undertake. Wish there were more photos, but the photos show such a gorgeous house, it’s breathtaking. Hope someone who appreciates all the fabulous woodwork and unbelievably beautiful stained glass buys her and saves her.

  18. Jackie says: 4 comments

    The teasing is not fair! She is a beauty in the rough. Only $80,000…sure hope someone saves her. A foreclosure, makes me wonder if someone bought her and decided not to renovate her. ๐Ÿ™

  19. Laurie says: 1 comments

    This was my great grandfather’s house. My Dad lived there as a child. It was a beautiful home. I was very sorry to see it sold but the area around it is extremely economically depressed. I always loved staying there. I have many pictures of the interior that I took the last time i stayed there.

    • Karen says: 121 comments

      Laurie, could you share some of the pictures?

    • FredD says: 1 comments

      Would luv to see more pictures of the inside. What a fab restore project.
      It looks like someone is trying to flip the house after getting it at a foreclosure sale without doing anything to it. He paid less than $5k last month for it. Quite the return if he can sell it for over $80k.
      This would be an ideal restore project.

      • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9425 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        I’m not seeing someone bought it at that price, it’s saying that’s how much it was foreclosed for.

        • Joan says: 1 comments

          Actually, the public records state that the lender formally foreclosed last month . I was in this house today. It truly is an amazing piece of architecture.

      • Melissa Hill says: 1 comments

        Not a flip. The amount you see is what the mortgage holder had to pay at sheriff sale to get the property back. It is a forclosure and the outstanding unpaid loan was much greater than that amount.

    • Linda R says: 230 comments

      Laurie, do you know how long it has been vacant? It is just gorgeous!

    • Lori says: 1 comments

      Laurie, please buy your families legacy. Fix it up. Beaver Falls needs more Moltrups. What an awesome family you come from. Every time I pass this house my heart hurts. It has been empty for too long. Contact a Beaver County Historical Association and see if they can help. I am surprised it has stayed in such good shape for being abandoned for so long. Beaver Falls neighbors must be watching over it.

  20. Michael MackinMichael Mackin says: 1173 comments

    It looks as if nobody has done any kind of updates or changes over the years, which can be good news as well as bad. I love the push button switches for the lights but that also means that the wiring is probably knob and tube as Peg mentioned in the first post. The brick on the exterior looks amazingly well, considering the age of the house. The tile roof has not fared as well and definitely will need some attention. I am dying to see more pictures of this one!

    Still, the house is a beautiful house that I hope finds someone to love it again!

  21. RossRoss says: 2314 comments

    THE BAD:

    The population of Beaver Falls has dropped from 17,000 in 1950s to a bit more than 8,000 in 2015.

    This population drop has been steady. It will likely continue. This type phenomenon has the net effect of depressing real estate as there will be way more houses than buyers.


    The house is FABULOUS. Like OMG fabulous. OMG!!!!!!!!

    BRICK exterior? CLAY TILE roof? Count me in!

    Based on what little we see, the kitchen and bathrooms may be original. If so, WHOEE!!!!!!!!

    This is a house I would not hesitate to take on if I were in the area, but I would go into the purchase knowing that I will likely lose every penny of my investment (just like my current situation!). But, oh, to restore such a treasure? My heart races.

    • Philip Poburka says: 23 comments

      Bathrooms are Original, if having been damaged somewhat from someone jack hammering out sections of their Moziac Floors, and maybe some damage to the opriginal Commodes from their being removed heavy handedly.

      Kitchen, such as it is now, is only a 1960s or so Sink Cabinet with Sink, and is in a small narrow passway, which does have a bunch of original Wall Cabinets. A small space and no real room for what one would think of as a Kitchen for a Family.

      Not sure where the actual Kitchen had been originally…I saw no trace of it when touring the Home a few weeks ago.

  22. kathy stokes-phillips says: 207 comments

    love the staircase (reminds me of gone with the wind one) and that stained glass is ahhhhhhhhh, sure hope someone can save this place

  23. kenny says: 100 comments

    I think I would split the downspout in two at least making it symmetrical. That might look better.

    • Stephen Townsend says: 5 comments

      Thats how it was till a few years ago, and painted to match the brick.

  24. Lissie says: 284 comments

    Diamond in the ruff. But totally doable.

  25. Marie says: 209 comments

    When I bought my Bungalow it still had one original push button light switch and still connected to some knob and tube wiring. When we did some new electrical work, we had all the light switches changed to push button. We love them.

  26. Jennifer K. Bauer says: 99 comments

    When I saw the graffiti in the backyard I expected to see the inside had been trashed. What an unexpected treat to see it so intact! Perhaps even vandals can appreciate a beautiful home? It’s absolutely gorgeous. I do hope the old girl finds her hero.

  27. Liz says: 1 comments

    There’s a virtual tour of this house, including more rooms, on the Beaver, PA Northwood Realty Services website.

  28. PlasterboyPlasterboy says: 93 comments

    Steel frame construction in 1914 wow. Never seen an electrical panel like that one ( looks like 200 amp brass connections ) wonder if its all moveable. Imagine this on some scenic acreage.

  29. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9425 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    More interior images added!

    • Michael MackinMichael Mackin says: 1173 comments

      Kelly, Thank you for the added pictures of this awesome house! It only makes me want this house more. If I lived in the area, I would drag my wife to see this beauty!

  30. Marc says: 171 comments

    I’ve never yearned for more photos more than this! At least if the wiring has never been touched you know what you’re working with. My first old house had a newish breaker panel with modern romex wires attached. I discovered later that the romex was spliced into the old knob and tube in the attic where it was covered in new insulation and then re-spliced back into older ungrounded romex down the walls to the outlets. Terrifying!

    Sadly, Beaver Falls is typical of much of rural Pennsylvania, my home state. Let’s hope for a miracle for this incredible time capsule!

  31. Vicki says: 62 comments

    If Beaver Falls were in eastern PA, I’d love to take this on… This is simply breathtaking…

  32. DavidDavid says: 37 comments

    Incredible, I would love to take up the challenge of restoring this beauty. Running out for my lotto tickets now. Looks a lot nicer when I goggled it. Something would have to be done with that water pipe in front.

  33. GoddessOdd says: 344 comments

    I always wonder what has happened to these grand old dames, that they wind up in such a state, and my heart goes out to Laurie, the great granddaughter. It’s hard to see any house in decline, but especially when it’s a home you know. If the area is depressed, that would explain a lot, but this house would be great for retiree with deep pockets and a love of history.

  34. Cheryl S. says: 4 comments

    This would have to rank as my favorite house of all the houses I’ve seen on your blog. This could be million dollar reno project and in such a depressed area, there would be a slim to none chance that anyone would be up for the game. Clearly it would take a visionary to undertake the challenge of this gorgeous home. Really though, all it takes is one person with the spark to ignite the fire that will likwise inspire others to do the same and voila, the area is turned around. Businesses and trendy restaurants will see the potential and the whole depressed mess is reversed. I hope that happens, not just for this stunning house, but the entire area.

    • RossRoss says: 2314 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      My home is MUCH larger than this house, and is in MUCH worse condition, and it will cost MUCH less than million dollars to restore.

      So, this home can be gorgeous and wired and plumbed for a lot less than a million bucks!

    • Carrie Havranek says: 6 comments

      Thank you Cheryl for your positive thoughts! We are working hard in beaver Falls. Many good things are happening. We have several handfuls of really good people, and fabulous committees who are moving things forward! My husband and I bought this amazing house, closing in March. We have started the renovations. It has/is taking a lot of time and planning due to the structure. It won’t be a million, but will be a half. We believe in this town. My husband is an optometrist, with his business here for 34 years. I started another business of fine upcycled merchandise, and ladies paint nights. Things are changing for the good! Your words mean so much! <3 Carrie

  35. Linda R says: 230 comments

    Almost everything looks like moisture damage except for the big crack in the bathroom walls. If it has a steel frame, I wonder why these walls have cracked even thru the tile. We always want to get rid of the wall paper; in this house there is already a good start! The library and stairs are wonderful. So what if it needs a new kitchen? for $80K there is lots of budget left for restoration.

    • Michael MackinMichael Mackin says: 1173 comments

      I couldn’t help but wonder about this crack as well! It would be the one thing that needs attention first and could very well be the most expensive fix in the house if it is because of structural failure. In a house of this age, it could be just from settling and could be an easier fix!

      • RossRoss says: 2314 comments

        All old houses have cracks. Even houses with steel frames!

        • Philip Poburka says: 23 comments

          The home has deferentially ‘settled’ somewhat…not much, but, enough for some tension cracks to have occurred in some of the Walls, and in the one Bathroom Wall.

          I do not personally know of any way to correct this as far as the House Walls as such, themselves.

          The front Porch has settled less than the House and has suffered somewhat for it’s own tension failures and distortions.

          In my opinion, or were I to have gotten the Home, I would intend to dismantle the Front Porch, save every Brick and so on, re make the Cast Concrete Lintels, excavate down however far below Basement grade, re-do the foundation below that portion of the Basement, try and stabilize ( in some form of ‘judgement call’ ) against any further differential settling, then rebuild the Porch up from there.

          The front Porch itself would be a fairly large and complex project of course.

          One really has to go see the Home in person and to look closely to appreciate it’s Genius and outstanding quality and taste and style, and, also, that most of it is still in excellent condition.

          Had the neighborhood been a little less ‘down’ or sketchy and so on, ( and the price, when I was there, if it had been more ‘down to Earth’ ) I would have likely gotten the old Place and rolled up my Sleeves and started repairs on a ‘five year plan’, and just enjoyed living there as I pecked away on things.

          Water Leaks from Water filled Pipes having been allowed to freeze…one would really have to put on their ‘Thinking Cap’ for, since the interior Walls are hollow Bricks and Mortar, with Stucco and Plaster…Floors are concrete in Steel Pans, so, n o usual Wooden Joists to allow one any way of running alternate Pipes, and no easy way to get to Pipes which have split from Freezing.

  36. Jacki says: 16 comments

    Can anyone tell me what the wooden wall type things are under the pipes in what looks like the basement?

    • Joseph says: 21 comments

      It looks like the basement room was used for some purpose more than just utilitarian, and these pilasters were a way of mounting fixtures and disguising wiring that would have been on the surface of the masonry walls.

  37. JimHJimH says: 3822 comments
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    Can’t help but think of the beauty in nearby Beaver that was demolished for a boring new build. Pray this one has a better fate.

  38. Rozaroni says: 21 comments

    Imagine my shock and surprise when I saw this here on OHD ! I was just getting ready to post this to share with all my OHD friends. I was toodling around online looking at local listings. My son and daughter-in-law and 2 wonderful grandchildren live in Beaver Falls and I’m looking for something with more room for them. This would certainly do it. My son, however, barely recognizes one end of a hammer from the other. I live about 5 miles outside of B.F., having been held to the area by my late mother.

    Fabulous, fabulous home. Yes, B.F. is economically distressed, has been since the mills shut down in the mid 80’s. There are, however, signs that at last, we may be coming out of our dark days. In the meantime, the cost of living is cheap. One thing that is always said about S.W. PA, and the Beaver Falls/Beaver County area is that the people here are great!
    I’m involved in local politics and there is a real current of economic growth beginning to happen here, as a result of the natural gas industry. It might be an excellent time for you to pick up on a unique beauty such as the one, restore and grow with us!

  39. Sascha says: 50 comments

    Ok so there’s this company out in Ohio (I think?) that uses some program to catalog every stick and brick of grand old beauties like this, so that the homes can be dismantled, moved, and reconstructed on the new owner’s lot.
    In fantasy dream land, This gorgeous lady is on several flat-beds trucking their way out to CA right now…. There is nothing about this house that I don’t love.

  40. KarenZ says: 834 comments
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    What gorgeous wood details! I absolutely love this house and hope that someone loves it and brings it back to life. I wish that it could be me, but I can barely move after a day of painting in my NORMAL sized home!

  41. Beth says: 1 comments

    The home sits on a quiet street near three churches. It is only one block from the Main Street of town. The other houses in the block are equal old beauties. I really hope someone can save her.

  42. kevinb says: 132 comments

    Stunning house this could be. sad fate of many old homes that are left to rot because they are now in towns with weak economies and people can’t justify investing money in a restoration that they can likely never get out if they sell down the road.

  43. NEdebh says: 30 comments

    Love this..but confused by the Stairs? First set the banister is curved at the beginning. Later set is squared off. The beautiful stained glass is with fist set. Pic after second set do those go with the first set or second. Is that second set coming up from basement? What is that room with the double doors behind the second set?

  44. MonChiChiPox says: 223 comments

    It’s funny what little things can do to a house or for a house. I almost didn’t click to view the other pictures because of the affront to the eye those drain spouts are. I’m glad I did. I really pray this gets a new owner to restore it.

  45. Colleen J says: 1272 comments

    Here comes the “if I won the lottery story” that is the exact kind of house I would buy and employ top knotch restore company to come in and breathe life back into that house. This house is stunning!

  46. mjwildcat says: 5 comments

    Absolutely beautiful!!!

  47. peter j says: 38 comments

    Stunning property!

  48. Beth H says: 33 comments

    Mother Nature has already started on the wallpaper removal, so please someone, help finish the job! I hope this doesn’t mean the house has been open to the elements – that’s the kiss of death to an old house. This one is an amazing beauty, and deserves to be saved and lived in again… and I hope it’s soon!

  49. Alice says: 54 comments

    Holy crow, talk about a diamond in the rough! So many gorgeous interior elements here..

  50. DonS says: 56 comments

    This house is so above and beyond that there just aren’t words. Such richness in the design of the woodwork. A time capsule at its best. I’d pull down the loose wallpaper, scrub all the surfaces, and move right in. The bathroom is a treasure, just look at the garland frieze in the wall tile. I sure would love to see the other two and a half. This house is perfection, a quintessential spook mansion inside and out. I love it.

  51. Maria says: 9 comments

    Beautiful house in a nice little town with quite a few other beauties. Beaver Falls was founded by the Harmonist Society (weird utopian society from Germany) in the 19th century. The Industrial Revolution brought prosperity and deindustrializtion of the 70s/80s brought poverty. I hope that the town can revive-i live in Eastern PA now and Easton has made significant progress. I hope Beaver Falls and this beautiful house can get a break.

  52. Stephen Townsend says: 5 comments

    I must add a correction. There are not 5 bedrooms but 8. There are 5 on the second floor and 3 on the third. The smallest is about 12 x 12, and was known as the sewing room. It had a bed, a dresser, two chairs, and a sewing machine. This was from the days when we had a live-in seamstress. Her name was Lillian Grant. I called her “Auntie Lee”.

  53. Judif says: 2 comments

    I love Mr Townsend’s info. We looked at this magnificent house today and would love to restore it. Neglected & vandalized way too long. Lots of mold. There was a fire on the back porch. We own a construction company & would appreciate any info from Stephen T.

  54. Judif says: 2 comments

    Btw, it would be an enormous task to restore this house. The water is shut off, in 3 of the bathrooms, the floors were jackhammered to fix clogs. Who knows if they were unclogged. What u cant see in the pics is the mold, all over the first floor woodwork, walls & ceilings. The basement is worse. So sad.

  55. Philip Poburka says: 23 comments

    I had a Tour of the Home a few Days ago, and spent about two hours looking. If I can, I will go look again with intentions for looking more closely to some various specific things.

    One of the thing I noticed which has not been mentioned are the tension failures in some areas of the Masonry, which have occurred from the Home’s differential settling over time.

    In effect, the main portion of the Home has settle slightly more than the front Porch and more than some parts of primary/perimeter itself…thus making for open cracks and dangers of frost damage and accelerating damage from Water and Water which can get in then freeze.

    I do not know if the Masonry Walls were reinforced with Rebar or other means, or not.

    The Front Porch is the worst, ( in my opinion, the Front Porch will have to be dismantled Brick-by-Brick, it’s Roof dismantled etc, and excavation then to or even to below Basement Level…re-do from there up, put everything back as per with the necessary elevation corrections, and see how Time treats it from there ) and beneath it, that area of the Basement also, have settled less then the House itself, and are thus suffering some serious tension failures.

    Also some similar conditions ( oddly enough, up high ) on the right rear, I think it was, of the Home…and the one Bathroom up there has some serious meandering tension cracks transferring through the lovely old Wall Tiles.

    Attic wings or whatever one might call them ( spaces outside of the finished Attic which can be seen from inside the finished Attic via various small framed openings ) show long minor Roof Leaks and the Steel Mesh Lath Plaster has fallen or sort of peeled off in large sheets.

    Roof is Ceramic Tile and likely quite a few broken or missing Tiles…Tiles laying in the Yard and so on.

    If the Taxes were not so cruelly high, if the view to the other side of the Street of run down sub medoicre rental houses or whatever they are were not so “ugh”, and if the Bank who owns it now would have some informed sympathy for reality, and adjust their price, I would buy the Home and take care of it’s various neglects and damage and so on.

    At which point I would just enjoy it as my Home and eventually leave it to whom-ever, who would have no burdon of being massively upside down with it as I would have.

    I truly love the old Home in every way and admire enormously the vision of Mr. Moltrup and his Architect, and the realization of that Vision by those Artisans who built it.

  56. Philip Poburka says: 23 comments

    If you can do so, I would say DO go see the Home..!

    It is such a joy and such a treasure.

    I do not know if it has ‘gone to auction’ yet.

    There is no Wood in any of the construction, other than for the small and modest Back Porch, and, of course, the Sash Windows and Interior Wood Moldings and Paneling and Stair Treads and.

    Servant’s Stairs are Steel…though I forget now if the Treads were Wood or not, the rest of that Stairway is all Steel.

    One really has to go through it a few times I think, to start to really see it properly.

    It is really a work of Art all through.

    It is almost impossible now to find a home of that age which has the original Bathrooms intact…let alone an original Electrical Panel and Fuses.

    Home was originally Electric and some Gas Light, and the Gas Light Fixtures had gotten stolen with brutal forceful removals.

    Electric is all in Conduit in the Walls and Floors.

    Let alone, all the lovely Wood work which has not ever had any second coats of varnish or other finish.

    Go see it if you possibly can…and take oodles of pictures.

    For all we know, there may only be one or two split Pipes which were spewing.

    I saw no water Damage anywhere I can recall, other than for one old darkly stained narrow ‘fan’ effecting the Floor which had been hissing a long time, upstairs, from a tiny split in a Radiator…and some fallen Steel Lath Mesh and Plaster in two areas of the Attic Room, which I took to be from the Roof having some small old Leaks which went unchecked.

    Otherwise all I saw was the effects of ‘damp’, and the wallpaper falling off from it….peeling falling Paint in the Kitchen ( likely Latex in there, all other walls were Virgin never painted Plaster, other than for in the Attic I think.

    Basement was even no bother to my sensitive friend’s Nose, who could not and would not even go into other Basements of Homes we walked through, but she accompanied me for a long walk around and look see in the Moltrup Basement and she said it seemed quite nice and no mold scent or other irritants, and I agreed.

    I have seen vastly worse ( Roof Leak damage, Water damage, Mold, rot, etc ) in old Homes which had no freeze events with their Hot Water Heating system.

    No Ceiling Plaster had stains which caught my Eye, and none had fallen anywhere I saw other than for two small places in the Attic…and one of those was in a side place with a tiny opening to look in.

    So, however much the Heating system Pipes were leaking from a Freeze event, I expect it was not allowed to go on for long, and likely did not involve copious volumes, or else the Plaster of the Walls and Ceilings would have been soon effected.

    Floors all seemed fine, ( other than for that one narrow ‘fan’ damage upstairs in the one room there ) I saw no buckling or signs of Water troubles past, in any of the Floors.

  57. RobynMeRobynMe says: 117 comments
    1907 George F. Barber
    Hamlet, NC

    House is now on its 2nd attempt on hubzu. One bid at $49K – reserve not met.
    Please let it go to someone that will restore and not piece it out on eBay…

  58. R. Linn says: 1 comments

    Such a beautiful house with great history. It is so interesting reading all the comments. The bank should have at least heated the place…would not have cost that much. It would have saved the place for a committed buyer, but now…such a shame.

  59. iheartpgh says: 2 comments

    The auction is back up for bids. The house is now listed for $62,500 online. More updates available here: http://iheartpgh.com/2017/09/25/moltrup-steel-beaver-falls-mansion/

  60. I hate dry wall! says: 1 comments

    My partner and I are going to be talking to the agency as soon as tomorrow night. This is what we have been looking for. From the outside, I saw one crack and it looks to be about a quarter deep. Yes, this house needs work and we are the fab couple to being this beauty back from the almost grave.

  61. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9425 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    New agent, updated pics. Price now at $49k.

  62. Philip Poburka says: 23 comments

    Where would we find the updated pictures?

  63. IheartPGH says: 2 comments

    There is an open house this Saturday, January 20, 2018. I confirmed with new agent who was very responsive. Just posted some more info on the blog: http://iheartpgh.com/2018/01/18/914-8th-ave-beaver-falls-multrup-steel-mansion/

  64. RobynMeRobynMe says: 117 comments
    1907 George F. Barber
    Hamlet, NC

    Please, please, please let this house be saved. After winning the lottery so I could do it, my next wish is that someone on OHD gets it and lets us all watch through a peephole while they restore it!
    Hopefully the lower asking price makes someone dive in to the deep end on this!

  65. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9425 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Went into a pending status. Crossing my fingers it’s someone with the means to restore rather than bulldoze. ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. Crimson_Roo says: 123 comments

    The listing on the agent’s website starts out, “The auction has ended. Stately masterpiece of a home known as the Moltrup Steel Mansion waiting to be restored back to its glory!”

    I’m crossing my fingers, arms, legs, toes, and eyes that the new buyer will restore rather than bulldoze – heck, I’d even cross my ears if I could figure out how!

  67. CarLynn says: 6 comments

    While we ask for respect for our privacy, you can rest assured this house is now in good hands! We are beyond excited to bring it back to life!

    • RossRoss says: 2314 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      So, you purchased the house? If so, congrats! It is a magnificent house!!!!!!!!!

    • RobynMeRobynMe says: 117 comments
      1907 George F. Barber
      Hamlet, NC

      Thank you for saving this gem, thank you for letting us know!!!

      Feel free to share as much or as little as you like. I’m pretty sure we’d all love some occasional updates and pix, but respect that not everyone wants strangers on their porch peering in. Literally or via web!
      On the other hand, from reading Ross’s blog, it seems a great way to vent somedays. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Crimson_Roo says: 123 comments

      Congratulations and the very best of luck with the restoration! (Like others, I’d be interested in seeing pictures along the way if you’re ever of a mind to share, but completely understand the wish for privacy!)

  68. CarLynn says: 6 comments

    Thank you! I will be sharing, but it will definitely take awhile!

    • zoomey says: 438 comments

      Please create a blog about restoring this beauty! It will inspire the rest of us if you bring us along on your journey. Best of luck to you. It’s a fabulous house, a diamond in the rough that deserves to be rescued.

  69. RosewaterRosewater says: 4081 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Just a note so I’ll get updates if made available. What a great project.

  70. Diana Trojan says: 1 comments

    We toured this grand home during the winter and absolutely loved it!! My fiancรฉ who really doesn’t like this type of home was so intrigued it wasn’t funny! I was really thinking that we might be able to take this one but we were thrown a curveball when we took custody of our two grandsons that are 3 & 6….but please someone post photos as this beauty is brought back to life!

  71. My Dream Come True! says: 6 comments

    Kudos to you for taking on raising your grandsons!That is most definitely a bigger feat than restoring this house.
    We have owned it for 3 months, and a huge part of that time has been planning, due to all the unusual structural issues. How to attach the new roof to the cement, what type of heat/AC to install, how to run new electric and more. It is more involved than one can imagine, but we are excited to get moving! I have removed a dozen bags of moldy wallpaper, cleaned wood, and have done some backyard landscaping. This summer should entail the new roof, front porch repair,and windows replaced or repaired.

  72. Carrie Havranek says: 6 comments

    An update: We have had new electric boxes put in for 400 amps. Sub panels in each “elevator” closet for each floor. Wiring in each room to be yet completed. Plans in place for 3 gas furnaces. One for basement and first floor, one for 2nd, one for 3rd. Roofing plans being finalized. Gutted most of the broken radiators, broken bathroom fixtures, and other. Kitchen design completed, to be in front parlor.

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