Saturday, October 5, 2013

Pittsburgh Vernacular: The "Mill House"

Here is an example of a classic Pittsburgh house. While the style may be seen elsewhere, these types of houses are very common in the southern hilltop neighborhoods of the city (Allentown), Elliott, and some of the old steel towns in the Mon Valley.  The "mill house" is usually a two story, upright, wood-framed dwelling, with two or three window bays on the second floor. There may or may not be a porch. They are usually seen with decorative trim typical of the Victorian era, when most of these houses were built, unless the house has been stripped and re-sided (not unlikely) over the decades. Some of these houses may date back to the Civil War era or earlier. They were modest, but well-built, and intended for the working class of the day.

Woods Run

Homestead. Note the porch.

This is the slightly larger variant. Notice that there are three windows on the second floor. Located in Braddock.

North Braddock


  1. These are amazing. We don't see these types of houses in Texas.

  2. I really enjoy seeing these - and I thank you for the work you put into it.

  3. I really enjoy seeing these and I thank you for the work you put into it. I've seen these houses all over western PA but didn't know the "story" behind them.

  4. Love and appreciate your work. Once heard that the brink porches were rebuilt ones after wooden ones had deteriorated on the old wood frame homes.