Sunday, September 23, 2012

Spang Mansion, Etna, PA

Text by Carol Peterson of Pittsburgh House Histories:
Henry Spang built this Greek Revival style house, a mansion by the standards of its day, around the time that he established the Etna Iron Works (later Spang Chalfant & Co.) in 1828. The mill, originally with 50 workers, eventually employed...
1500 or more and was the greatest impetus for Etna's development. It was also the first iron pipe plant west of the Allegheny Mountains. Spang family members occupied the house into the early 20th century. The mansion was subsequently moved a few hundred feet to make room for mill expansion, and housed the Spang Chalfant company doctor, social worker and some community activities during part of the 20th century.
Spang Mansion, circa 1828, located in Etna, PA

Front entrance of Spang Mansion

Detail of front porch ceiling


  1. I have a letter dated July 9, 1897 on letter head:
    It was written to my great great grandmother, Jane Waller, telling her: "On account of there being no gas in the well owned by us on your farm, we have shut off the --can't read---- from our pipe line. In consequence of which the rental of same ceases from and after this day." I can't read the signature. Bev Sheirer, Butler, PA

  2. My great uncle rented a room in this house in the late 60's/early 70's. It was such a beautiful home. I loved the curved staircase and the large rooms, such a romantic piece of architecture.

  3. AnonymousJuly 22, 2016

    I have a family connection with this beautiful house as Henry Spang was my mother's Great-Great-Grandfather. She was born and reared a few blocks away from it and was an officer of the Chalfant House Woman's Club which held its meetings there. As a youngster during the 1950s, I was inside once while the ladies played Canasta.