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Impeccably restored Gilded Age mansion asks $3.6M

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The wraparound porch is the stuff of dreams

A large red brick Victorian house with green trim that’s surrounded by green trees. The house features a large wrap-around porch and a turret in the center. Roseanne Martin, Pennsylvania Real Estate Photography

Curbed covers historic homes aplenty in our House of the Day column, but every now and again a listing stops us in our tracks. Take this eight-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Called the Baywood Mansion, the Highland Park home was constructed in 1880 by Alexander King, an Irish immigrant turned millionaire glass manufacturer.

A local family, Dr. Frank and Maura Brown, purchased the Second Empire-style home in 1994 and spent the last 25 years carefully renovating the red brick mansion’s sprawling 22 rooms. A wraparound porch and 16-foot-high gilded finial make for impressive curb appeal, while 10-foot walnut doors welcome visitors into a formal vestibule.

Throughout the restored home you’ll find hand-stenciled ceilings, diagonally laid white oak parquet flooring, and ornate cast bronze door handles that match the originals. Cove molding in the light pink formal parlor is gilded with 23-karat gold leaf, while the dining room features soft green wallpaper and carved wood accents. Throw in the 1.8 lot—adjacent to six acres of protected parkland—and you have a swoonworthy Victorian mansion worth a splurge.

Interested? 5501 Elgin Street is on the market now for $3,650,000.

A large patio has red and blue checkered tile, green columns, and a navy wicker outdoor dining set.
The spacious wraparound porch welcomes visitors to the home.
Roseanne Martin, Pennsylvania Real Estate Photography
A pink and cream formal sitting area features gold trim and painted ceilings, a large chandelier, and formal fireplace.
The formal parlor features cove molding that is gilded with 23-karat gold leaf.
Craig Thompson Photography
A formal dining room has an elaborate gold printed ceiling, mint walls, and a gold chandelier. There is a 10-person wood and teal dining set.
The soft green wallpaper in the formal dining room contrasts with hand-carved wood accents.
Craig Thompson Photography
A rich royal green fireplace has tile, wood trim, and a ship on the mantle. Craig Thompson Photography
A stone castle-like turret is set in a verdant, tree-filled area. Roseanne Martin, Pennsylvania Real Estate Photography
A formal foyer has wood floors, an elaborate wood staircase with intricate carving, teal walls, and a stained glass window in the hallway.
Stained glass in the vestibule makes for beautiful distilled light.
Craig Thompson Photography
A bedroom features wood floors, a wooden bed and dresser, and gold wallpaper.
One of eight bedrooms in the listing—this one decked out in gold.
Craig Thompson Photography
A bathroom has built-in wood cabinets and an old-fashioned sink. There is a shower and white tub.
A restored bath features wood built-ins and a traditional sink.
Craig Thompson Photography