During the late 1800’s, many of Pittsburgh’s iron and steel industrialists built grand homes in Allegheny City (now Pittsburgh’s North Side) and lavish estates for their families in the unspoiled countryside of Sewickley Heights.
Designed by architect George Orth for Pittsburgh industrialist and iron ore magnate William Penn Snyder, Wilpen Hall is last of the Gilded Age estates still standing in Sewickley Heights that captures the wealth that characterized the great estates at the turn of the 19th century.
Added to the National Register of Historic Properties in 2011, the property includes the Carriage House, which holds carriages, cars, art, and memorabilia related to Snyder’s passion for raising and showing Hackney carriage horses.
The National Register listing calls Wilpen Hall “a Pittsburgh phenomenon.”
In 2013, the mansion’s interior was used as a filming location for the award-winning movie “Foxcatcher” starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum.
It was the intent of the late William Penn Snyder III to donate Wilpen Hall, the main manor house, and its historically significant furnishings and artifacts, along with funds to preserve the collections, to the Senator John Heinz History Center.
The History Center is currently implementing a multi-year restoration of the property using funds donated expressly for this purpose. During the restoration process, History Center curators and archivists will document the collections.
Check back here for updates, photos, and videos documenting the historic preservation of the Snyder estate.