901 Ridge Avenue
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Restrooms Available: Yes
Alden & Harlow Architects, successors to H.H. Richardson, designed this Victorian era mansion, completed in 1898 for Alexander Byers and his daughter. At the turn of the century the Byers’ art collection was one of the finest in the region. The Community College of Allegheny County presently uses this building for their administrative staff.
A Docent will be on-site to share the history of this stately building, and stunning architectural features like hand carved woodwork, stained glass windows, a marble fireplaces and inlaid wood floors...and perhaps a ghost story!
The Flemish Renaissance mansion was the former Byers-Lyon House which was actually two houses designed as separate wings. The wings are in an “L” shape with columns surrounding a central garden. This created a unique entrance to the grounds.
The house, dated to 1898, was built by Alexander McBurney Byers and he, his wife, and family lived in one wing. His daughter Maude, husband, and their family lived in another. There are a total of 90 rooms and 14 bathrooms.
The building is said to have a ghost in it. Maude’s daughter fell through a skylight and died while her nanny was napping. The nanny was so distraught she hanged herself in the stairwell the very next day. There are rumors the child’s ghost was watching over the nanny as she hung from the stairs.