5638 Northumberland Street
5638 Northumberland, located between Wightman Street and Negley Avenue, is one of two houses built speculatively in 1907 by Henry Averbach, a Downtown Pittsburgh pants manufacturer. Averbach constructed the houses in the foursquare style, with Tudor Revival influences, at a cost of $7,000 each.
The first purchaser of this house was J.A. Albert, a wholesale grain merchant, for $13,000 in early 1909. Geidel was a Hill District native and son of Persian immigrants. Geidel and his wife, who had 5 children, resided in the house until his death in 1962. In the 1930s, he founded the Geidel Battery Service Company.
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5638 Northumberland Street served as the mailing address for the Squirrel Hill Historical Society from about 2002 to 2015.
This house once included a front porch, but it was removed. The home immediately to the west of this house was built at the same time (and had the same architect) as 5638 and is generally matching in style and architectural features. However, the front porch of the adjacent house was never removed.