Chancellor's Residence (University of Pittsburgh)


Chancellor's Residence (University of Pittsburgh)
Chancellor's Residence
(Harvey Childs house)
Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmark
Chancellor's Residence at the University of Pittsburgh, the former Harvey Childs house
Chancellor's Residence (University of Pittsburgh) is located in Pittsburgh
Location of the Pitt Chancellor's Residence in Pittsburgh
Location: 718 Devonshire Street, Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°26′56″N 79°56′41″W / 40.448937°N 79.944636°W / 40.448937; -79.944636Coordinates: 40°26′56″N 79°56′41″W / 40.448937°N 79.944636°W / 40.448937; -79.944636
Built/Founded: 1896
Architect: Peabody & Stearns
Architectural style(s): Colonial Revival
Governing body/Owner: University of Pittsburgh
PHLF designated: 1973[1]

The Chancellor's Residence at the University of Pittsburgh is a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmark in Shadyside just east of the main Oakland campus approximately one half mile from the center of campus at the Cathedral of Learning and adjacent to the rear property of the University Child Development Center on the Oakland-Shadyside border in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[2]

The residence is the former Harvey Childs house built by Peabody & Stearns in 1896. It is an example of Colonial Revival, with the gambrel roof especially suggestive of New England Colonial. However, the home also incorporates some details reminiscent of Philadelphia's Georgian-style Mount Pleasant mansion. The structure overcomes what was at the time an architectural problem of including a porch that Pittsburghers wanted, but preventing the porch from obscuring the facade toward the street. The design of this house worked around this problem by placing the porch to the side of the house, balanced by a porte-cochere.[3] A renovation designed by Landmark Design Associates later enclosed the porch at Chancellor's Residence.[4]

Harvey Childs appears to have been one of the three Pittsburgh citizens that played a role in the origins of the Allegheny Observatory and thus the early years of University's Department of Astronomy and Physics.[5]

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Preceded by
Music Building
University of Pittsburgh Buildings
Chancellor's Residence

Constructed: 1896
Succeeded by
William Pitt Union

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