A 1917 Pennsylvania estate shines with historic grandeur, modern updated.
By Alyson Pitare
Built for the family of Allegheny County Judge A. Marshall Thompson in Gibsonia,Pennsylvania, this Italian Renaissance mansion boasting 17 magnificent rooms is credited with spurring the rise of thePittsburgh area’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Some of the original acreage belonging to the 1917 estate was sold, becoming Villa of North Park and later,Estates at the Villa. A 2009 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article chronicling the development cited the mansion’s historic grandeur as the inspiration for these new upscale enclaves.
Today, the two neighborhoods are filled with multimillion-dollar homes (and some of the most famous athletes from Pittsburgh’s professional sports franchises), but Tyburn Woods Estates, as Judge Thompson’s idyllic former home is known, remains the area’s preeminent real estate prize.“This seven-bedroom, eight-bath house combines old-world elegance with modernc onvenience, privacy with a sense of neighborhood, and familial warmth with formal entertainment possibilities on more than 9 acres on the edge of prestigious North Park,” says Peter J. Kalis, the home’s owner for the past 16 years with his wife,Mary M. O’Day. They consider themselves to be “custodians of this wonderful property.”
The 12,000-square-foot residence, which was also the site of…