My first house, purchased when I was 25, was a circa 1909 yellow brick row house in the West Park district of Stowe Township (near McKees Rocks). I purchased the house for $11,000, and was able to move into it with minimal work, although it did require many cosmetic improvements and repairs. Living in this house rent free enabled me to save money for my next house purchase.
The house was originally occupied by Irish immigrants who worked for the railroad in McKees Rocks. The house was occupied at the time of the bloody 1909 McKees Rocks Strike, and it's possible that one of the original occupants was involved in the strike.
|Me at my Stowe Township row-house, around 2010.|
|My circa 1926 "four square" in McKeesport. The house had been in the original family since the 1920s. The original owner was a pharmacist, Alfred Kuhl. He lived there with his wife, Margaret, and their two children, Peggy and Trudy.|
On this page, I will be providing updates on the progress at the Woods Run house, which I have named Woods Cottage. I will provide links here to the posts I write about the renovation process, obstacles, and adventures of my first big preservation project! Thank you for following, and I would certainly appreciate any tips or advice you may have, as I tackle (and document) one project at a time.
June-July, 2015: Closing and First Projects at "Woods Cottage"