In the turn from the nineteenth century, near Carnegie Mellon College, on Pittsburgh’s storied “Millionaires Row,” an estate was erected to accommodate the household of William F. McCook, an industrialist and among the country’s first corporate lawyers (he symbolized Henry Clay Frick, the longtime partner and rival of Andrew Carnegie). During the making of the McCook Mansion, his oldest daughter, Bessie, announced her engagement, and McCook commissioned the adjacent McCook Reed Mansion around the estate on her new family to reside in. It grew to become the McCook Reed Mansion. Eventually the Depression hit, the mansions altered hands, also it appeared like time might tear lower what McCook had built.
“It’s a household business,” states Matt Brady. The area was bought by his family—including his mother Mary Del Brady, and stepfather Richard Pearson, taking proper care of the majority of the day-to-day work to be hotel proprietors—in 2005 to show it into an historic boutique hotel. Today, the mansions are fully restored and searching great, even employing practices to make sure they’re running this old-school building within the most sustainable possible way. For example, extra soap you depart inside your room is distributed off and away to a soap recycler. “We really are a group of entrepreneurs and preservationists, so when this historic property came available on the market following a fire destroyed a lot of the 3rd floor, attic room and roof top from the McCook Mansion, everything kind of aligned.”
The McCook Mansion and adjacent McCook Reed Mansion now provide 22 guest rooms and suites in most (as well as the Oak Room, in which the bar is, and also the Parlour, in which you could possess the best shrimp omelette you’ve ever sampled). The area is simply minutes from downtown, but nonetheless ideal for a jog if that’s wish to begin your mornings, the college and all sorts of individuals Uniform Row mansions alllow for nice scenery.
Something to expect to: the household that owns the area loves cigars, so you may just finish up seeing them join you whenever you illuminate while dining around the front terrace. They’ve even got plans for any cigar lounge within the hotel.
Special because of Miami’s Little Havana Cigar Factory for allowing us to shoot this interview within their lounge.