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February 5, 2009
|Bill and Leo made the decision to relocate from the Regent Square area of Pittsburgh and bought an historic home in Bellevue. A significant amount of sweat equity was poured in the house to create a cozy and comfortable environment. In 2008, they purchased the building located at 4331 Ohio River Boulevard. The building had suffered from years of neglect, but the structure was sound and it reeked of "potential." "As a resident of Bellevue and a business owner in Bellevue I am committed both to my dealers and my community. I really love Bellevue," Bill exclaimed.|
Shopping for antiques and collectibles in an historic Bellevue mansion, the Antique Mall/Ohio River, located at 4331 Ohio River Boulevard, the building recently painted purple, is the new home of 23 antique dealers. The Pittsburgh area metropolitan suburb of Bellevue is just six miles northwest of the city by way of SR65.
The house was the original family home of Alexander
Gilliland built the family manor which now serves as the home of the Antique Mall/Ohio River. A master builder, he outfitted this, then rural homestead, with red oak paneling, pocket doors, elegant stained glass windows and marble fireplaces.
Built in 1892 on land purchased from the local
Enjoying the fruits of his labor, often times, Alexander could be found relaxing on the large river rock porch that overlooked the Ohio River. Legend has it that he wore his Scottish tartan at least 365 days a year and played a gramophone so loud it could be heard across the river in nearby McKees Rocks. He spent a portion of his earliest "retirement" overseeing the building of small, well built row houses on the
hill above his estate. The street there still bears his name. The homes lining the cul-de-sac are examples of the homes he built for "starter" families.
The next tenants of the house were a family that constructed the cinder block garage that abuts the house. They lived in the house and worked there running a machine shop in the garage. Later, the property owners utilized the house as a boarding house. More recently, it was used as storage for auto parts.
In early 2008, a restoration of the main house was undertaken. Woodwork was refinished, stairs were built, and trash was discarded. False ceilings were demolished to restore the house to its original condition. Aluminum siding applied to sections of the exterior was removed.
In June 2008, with little fanfare, 7 antique dealers opened their shop doors to begin selling their wares. By the end of 2008 the Antique Mall/Ohio River was at maximum tenant capacity. Loaded to the rafters with antique furniture representing all eras, jewelry, pottery, silver and clothing, glass, furniture and endless memorabilia all share the space where once the Scottish land baron and his family lived.
For the duration of the 2008-2009 winter season, the Antique Mall/Ohio River is open 10am-6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are noon to 5pm. The Mall is closed on Wednesday. Expanded hours are expected to resume in the Spring. Bill is also available to conduct estate sales, provide for consultations, purchase estates and facilitate appraisals of your treasured antiques.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, stop by the Mall during regular business hours, contact Bill Cox by telephone at 412-561-6331, or send an inquiry to email@example.com. Visit the ever-changing website at www.antiquesohioriver.com.
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