As the oldest domestic dwelling in Pittsburgh dated to 1787, the Neill Log House deserves a special place among all our House Histories of Squirrel Hill. Below are short and in-depth histories, along with some representative photos.
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Postcard photo, circa 1912
A Short History of the Neill Log House
(owned by the City of Pittsburgh and designated a City Historic Landmark in 1977)
From the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works
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The Neill Log House is considered the oldest domestic structure in Pittsburgh and one of only three known eighteenth century buildings remaining in the City (dated to 1787). Though sources vary as to exactly when Robert Neill built his log house, the most common belief is that it was shortly after he received a patent on the land in 1787. Some speculate that he could have lived and built on this land before he owned it, as early as 1769 when Indian claims were relinquished and the tract was first owned by Ambrose Newton, a former soldier stationed at Ft. Pitt. The property changed ownership a few times until it was included as part of the purchase of land by James O’Hara. The property was eventually inherited by O’Hara’s granddaughter Mary Croghan Schenley who, in 1889, donated 300 acres, including the Neill Log House, to the City of Pittsburgh.
(to view a more in-depth version of above, click here to read “The History of the Neill Log House,” October, 2021 SHHS newsletter article, by Helen Wilson)
Current Photo taken 2021