Craig Residence-Sewickley



Posted February 16, 2016

This residence, built for George Liggett Craig, a prominent oilman in Pittsburgh, was in Sewickley, Pennsylvania which is  on the mainline about halfway between Beaver and Pittsburgh. This would have made it very convenient for Mr. Carpenter  to oversee the construction while on his regular commute between his home in Beaver and his office in Pittsburgh.   Now demolished, it was originally located at  860 Bacon Street, but the street was renamed  Thorn some years ago.  Designed by Wm. J. Carpenter of the Carpenter and Crocker firm of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1901, it was probably a comfortable small town  country estate, but we have been unable to obtain a picture.  Perhaps someone in Sewickley will be able to furnish an image  which we can publish here for the record.

The early lead to this project  was an email from Diana Ames with a quote saying only ” …Carpenter…Same architect closes bids this week on a $15,000 residence at Sewickley for George M. Craig.”

A further contact with Mr. Harton Semple, Executive Director, Sewickley Valley Historical Society produced the following information:

Carpenter & Crocker built a house for George L. Craig in Sewickley in 1901 on Bank Street.  Later the address was Thorn Street, because the Ohio River Boulevard, State Route 65 gobbled up part of Bank Street when it was constructed in the 1930s.  I’m pretty sure the house is not extant.  There is a motor inn, now closed, at the site, which is about to be redeveloped into offices and single family homes.  I made up a packet of information about the George Craigs, if you would like me to send it to you…”

The packet  contained volumes of interesting information about the prominent Craig family, but only two references to the Thorn Street residence.  “…Coming to the Valley from Pittsburgh in 1902 he moved into his residence on Thorn  Street a year later, transforming the grounds into a beautiful garden which was always open to the public…”  Mrs. Craig was reported to be still living in the home when she died in 1949.


































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