In the heart of the Northside, a large Victorian home sat vacant for more than three decades, located just across the street from Allegheny General Hospital. But thanks to a doctor there, the building will be given a second chance, this time as the
bed and breakfast.
A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held at the circa-1880 home (1010 Cedar Avenue), and the building's new owners--Justin and Keili Mistovich--were joined by Mayor Ravenstahl and other city and neighborhood leaders.
Justin Mistovich, orthopedic surgeon at AGH, says he and wife Keili (a pediatrics resident at Children’s Hospital) had their eyes on the building for a while. Mistovich, originally from Youngstown, Ohio, says he first became familiar with the neighborhood as an undergraduate at Duquesne University.
The couple own their home in nearby Mexican War Streets, and Mistovich says creating this bed and breakfast is part of their commitment to the neighborhood, and the region.
"For the two of us growing up in Youngstown, we’re very familiar with communities that had been down on hard times, especially in the Rust Belt," Mistovich says. And even though there is still work to be done, he believes the neighborhood's residents are driven to revitalize the area.
Mistovich says he is eager to use the inn to showcase the neighborhood and the hospital. He anticipates guests to be affiliated with AGH, or tourists visiting the Northside's myriad attractions--from the Pirates and the Steelers, to the numerous museums.
The couple plan to restore the building, which includes five bedrooms, to the Victorian era, including furnishings, wallpaper, etc.
"The whole decor is going to be like you stepped back in time into the glory days of both the building and the neighborhood," Mistovich says.
Mistovich's friend Brent Bissell is a partner in the project. Bissell's parents, who run a bed and breakfast in Columbiana, Ohio, will also help establish the inn, and will manage day-to-day operations once it opens.
Northside architect Bob Baumbach will lead the historic renovations. Mistovich expects the building to be completed and the inn’s first guests to arrive within nine months.
"We firmly believe in the positive value of this neighborhood, both to the city and the community as a whole, and we’re anxious to be able to show people the good stuff that both Pittsburgh and the Northside has to offer," he says.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Justin Mistovich