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Howe-Childs Gate House

Welcome! The Howe-Childs Gate House offers accommodations to both Chatham and non-Chatham visitors.

Photo of Chatham University's Howe-Childs Gate House

Stay at Chatham's Historic Gate House

To start your reservation, please email or call 412-365-2906 to inquire about room availability for the date(s) you plan to visit. Gate House staff will contact you to confirm room availability and process payment for your stay.

Whether you call or email, please be prepared to include the following information in your inquiry:

  • Desired date(s) of visit and purpose of your visit
  • Full name of primary contact
  • Number of people in your party, as well as number of rooms needed
  • Phone number and email address
  • Any special requests or accommodations

Gate House Amenities 

  • Free high-speed WiFi
  • Sheets and towels
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Laundry
  • Hair dryers
  • Lounge parlor with velvet brocade curtains, fireplace and piano
  • Staffed 24/7
  • Free parking

Location Highlights

Constructed circa 1861, the Howe-Childs Gate House is Pittsburgh's oldest frame house and the oldest existing house from Pittsburgh's "Millionaires Row." Built by General Thomas Marshall Howe, a prominent Pittsburgh industrialist, bank president and former Congressman, the Gate House and Greystone – built on the hill above the Gate House – together made up the family's "country" estate. Mary Howard Childs, the General's widowed daughter, and her three children were the first known occupants of the Gate House, then known as Willow Cottage.

Former owners of the 2-1/2-story clapboard Gothic Revival include members of the Howe and Childs families (1860-1947) and Pittsburgh oil magnate Michael L. Benedum (1947-1959).

In 1986, the City of Pittsburgh designated the Gate House a Pittsburgh Historic Landmark. Chatham University reacquired the house and grounds in 2000, and engaged in restoration that closely approximated its original appearance and focused on green practices. In 2004, the Gate House was added to the List of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmarks.