Sunday, December 18, 2005

Merry Christmas Everyone! / holiday lights info. link.

Merry Christmas everyone! I have been getting a lot of feedback from friends and family telling me about their reaction to the Eckerd Holiday of Lights display at Hartwood Acres. A few people have told me that they think the display is better than the display at Oglebay in Wheeling WV and is not to be missed. Hurry and drive through the display at Hartwood while it is still up. The link for more info. is the title to this post.
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Please stop by for a holiday tour of the mansion, decorated as a proper English estate should be. The tour guides and volunteers do a great job decorating the mansion. The tours are still on despite the plaster ceiling in the Great Room collapsing the past summer.
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Sorry about the long delay since the last post. Life has been very busy and I am still compiling date for my upcoming book about Hartwood Acres, Booth & Flinn Construction, as well as the Senator William Flinn family. As in previous posts, if you have any info regarding Booth & Flinn Construction please email me as I would like to contact you to discuss your info.

Have a great holiday season and happy 2006!

I will post asap, thanks for your feedback the first year of this blog!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Update on ceiling collapse

Hello all!

Just an update on the ceiling collapse from an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The good news is that the Christmas mansion tour will go on as usual. Please make an effort to go on a Christmas tour of the mansion, it is well worth it and will put you in the Christmas spirit! The volunteers at Hartwood do an amazing job of decorating the mansion.

Also, I need your help in locating records from the defunct Booth & Flinn Construction Company. I am in the early stages of gathering research material to write a book about Hartwood Acres and I need to locate the old records for my project. If you can help please email me and I will contact you to discuss how I can review the records. Perhaps someone you know worked for Booth & Flinn that would like to be interviwed for my book.

Any help would be appreciated.

Sorry that I have not updated the site in a while, I have been busy but I should have more time in the upcoming months.

Also, please feel free to link to my site if your site has visitors with like interests.

Thanks, Jeff

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Ceiling Collapse 1st Link................

Here is the 1st story that explains the ceiling collapse in the Great Hall......

Jeff

Hartwood Mansion Ceiling Collapse..............

Here is the 2nd link to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette story of the molded plaster ceiling falling in the Great Hall:

My father John Lawrence is quoted in this story.

More info to follow!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Just an update...........

Hello all,

I just wanted to let everyone know that I am sorting through old movies made in the 1920's of Hartwood taken by my grandfather. The media is 16mm and I have have had lots of fun sorting through them. Unfortunatly I don't have a 16mm projector to view them but I am trying to locate one.

I am also sorting through other Hartwood Acres pictures and stuff to post on this blog. Stay tuned for further updates.

Jeff

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Hartwood Mansion Tour 7/16/05


My wife Kim, daughter Hannah, and I attended the 1:00 pm tour of the mansion this past Saturday. I have posted the pictures I took that day. Our tour guide was Barbara and she did a great job explaining how the Lawrence family lived as well as great details regarding the construction of Hartwood Acres. Please stay tuned and refresh often for more updates! Enjoy!

This is a picture of the stable complex located down over the hill from the mansion.

This picture is of a horse enjoying the day at the stable complex.

This is a picture of the rear of the house but in old english architecture the front of the house was the side that faced the road, so this is actually the front of the house, on the opposite side of the carriage entrance.

This is the main house.

This is a picture of the main house looking at the carriage entrance.

This is a picture of the pet cemetary, where my grandmother buried all her dogs.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Info. Request

Hello Friends of Hartwood,

I am trying to locate information about Booth and Flinn Construction. They were a large general contracting firm around the turn of century and built the Westinghouse Bridge, the Fort Pitt Tunnels, as well as the most of the cobblesone streets in Pittsburgh. Mary Flinn Lawrences' father was William Flinn. William Flinn was partners with Mr. Booth and was also a Pa. state Senator.

It is also thought that the company built the main house as well as stables and other outbuildings at Hartwood. I am trying to locate Booth & Flinn company records and documents for a project that I am working on.

If anyone out there has any info. to share please email me at the link provided at the right under my profile.

Thanks,
Jeff

Please check back often and refresh, I will be updating this blog with new photos as well as new content related to Hartwood Acres.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Hello all - Day 2 of the Hartwood Acres Blog!

I am sorting through pages of files I have kept on Hartwood throughout the years and am trying to pick and choose interesting facts regarding the house and the Lawrence family that are not discussed on the tour of the house.

Hopefully I will have this info. up soon. Please log a comment or 2 about this blog and let me know your thoughts.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005


This is Hartwood Acres, located in the north hills of Pittsburgh, Pa. Please check back as I update this site on information regarding this interesting home and the family that lived there.

Hello All!

Just a note to say hello to everyone that loves Pittsburgh and Hartwood Acres like I do. I will try to get this blog up and running asap so that friends of Hartwood can posts their thoughts.

I am putting this blog together to share my thoughts and feelings on my grandparent's home in Pittsburgh, Pa. that is known as Hartwood Acres. If you have visited Hartwood please feel free to post here.
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Please be patient and check back often!