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.