Allegheny City Antebellum Houses Will Be Featured

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Allegheny City was a city from 1840 until it was annexed in 1907 by Pittsburgh.

Encompassing the North Side, the heart of Allegheny City is located right around the Children's Museum, according to Ruth McCartan, who is chairing this year's first-ever Antebellum House Tour of the Allegheny City Society.

"Antebellum means built before 1860," says McCartan, a nurse who lives in McCandless but is a member of the Allegheny City Society. "Most of the houses that were saved that we will see are in this time period."

The Antebellum House Tour on Oct. 11 will include a visit to four grand old houses, along with locations of cotton factories, canneries, breweries and the convent on Nunnery Hill. It's a day- long event, lasting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include lunch in the $55 price for nonmembers of the Allegheny City Society. Members will pay $50.

"A lot of people still consider themselves residents of Allegheny City, not the North Side," McCartan says. "They are trying to change the impression of the North Side. We consider the whole North Side as Allegheny City.

"When you think of some of these houses -- built in 1830," she continues. "They've been restored, and people are living in them."

One of the residents who has restored an Antebellum house is William L. Casey of Federal Street Extension. His 6,000-square-foot brick farmhouse was built in 1821 in the Federalist style.

"It's the only one of its kind in Pittsburgh," says Casey, 61, an accountant. …