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  • 7101 Apple St.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206
  • Category: Landmarks
  • Sub-Category: African American History Guide
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Harris House/"Mystery Manor"/First Home of the National Negro Opera Company

Brief History

In the early 1930s, William A. "Woogie" Harris (brother of Teenie Harris) bought this house, which is located prominently on a hill in Lincoln-Lemington. It was the first home of the National Negro Opera Company, organized in 1941 by Madam Mary Cardwell Dawson, who rehearsed on the third floor. The company started rehearsing in a building in East Liberty under another name before moving here. Later, in the 1950s, Woogie rented out the house to black notables. Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburgh Pirates; Roy Jefferson, John Nesby, and Marvin Woodson, all of the Pittsburgh Steelers; and singer Lena Horne spent time in the house.

Condition/Architectural Notes

13-room Queen Anne house (1894). City Historic Landmark. Eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.