Lost and Found features brief profiles of historic landmarks and structures, one lost and one saved.


Following World War II, the United States Steel Corporation’s massive Homestead Works in Allegheny County employed nearly fifteen thousand work­ers. The sprawling works, site of the infamous Homestead Steel Strike of 1892, closed in July 1986 and demolition began soon after. But all is not lost. While much of the plant is gone, there are plans to pre­serve the Pinkerton Landing, site of the bloody confronta­tion between the detective agency guards and the strik­ing workers, and the monu­mental Carrie Furnaces. For details, write: Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, 338 East Ninth Avenue, Homestead, PA 15120; or telephone (412) 464-4020.



Built in 1844-1848 by a prosperous ironmaster, the Baker Mansion in Altoona, Blair County, is an outstand­ing example of Greek Revival style architecture. Elias Baker and his nephew and business partner Roland Diller operated the immensely successful Allegheny Furnace, which was located nearby. The mansion, designed by Robert Cary Long, Jr., of Baltimore, and built by Charles B. Callahan of Bellefonte, Centre County, served as the Baker family res­idence until 1914. The thirty­-five room structure recalls the golden age of Pennsylvania’s once influential iron industry. Administered by the Blair County Historical Society since 1941, the historic house museum contains period fur­niture and accessories.