Brendan and Meghan Delaney love their Craftsman-style house in the North Side. They love that it was built in 1929, and that it still has much of its old charm. They love their six original stained-glass windows that seem to change colors at different times of the day. They especially love that on some game days, cheers and music from Heinz Field will waft down to their house more than 3 miles away.
Brighton Heights Chocolate House Tour
• When: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
• Tickets: $10 in advance or $15 on Sunday at the starting point, St. Cyril of Alexandria Church, 3854 Brighton Road. Proceeds benefit the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation.
• Information: www.brightonheights.org.
The Delaneys' house will be one of the featured homes on the Brighton Heights Chocolate House Tour, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Chocolate and the work of local artists will be found at each of the stops on the tour. Advance tickets are $10 and day of the tour tickets are $15.
For the past three years, the Delaneys have been attending the house tour. This year, Mrs. Delaney was thrilled when she and her husband were asked to be on it.
"It's been her dream," Mr. Delaney said. "In fact, she was going to get the house 'chocolate tour-ready' even if it wasn't on the chocolate tour."
Before moving into their home in May 2009, the Delaneys visited seven houses in person and did a lot of browsing online, but they couldn't pass up this Craftsman. The house is filled with woodwork characteristic of the Arts & Crafts movement.
The two-story house has original hardwood floors, baseboards and an original fireplace. The stained-glass windows are also still in their original frames. Since moving in, the Delaneys have only repainted and installed a new fence. "It was pretty much the way we wanted it when we moved in," Mrs. Delaney said.
Going from the main house to the finished basement is like going through a time machine to the present. While the upstairs has an old feel to it, the basement is a modern sports room full of memorabilia that the Delaneys have collected throughout the years.
"I have been buying stuff and collecting stuff for years in anticipation of having a sports room even before I met Meghan," Mr. Delaney said.
Among their treasures are a Pirates flag that flew at Wrigley Field, two seats from the Civic Arena, an autographed Tony Dorsett University of Pittsburgh jersey, an autographed Evgeni Malkin jersey, a baseball autographed by Willie Stargell and more than 50 bobbleheads. The Delaneys hold Halloween parties down there and like to invite their friends over when there is a Penguins game.
Kitoko Chargois: email@example.com or 412-263-1088.