Show House

2018 Show House (Photo by Erin McClain Beck)

The Junior League of Pittsburgh is seeking a new home to transform into the next Designers’ Show House. We’re looking
for a unique architectural space with 16 – 21 rooms. All a homeowner has to do is turn over the key and participating designers will work their magic to make over each space. For a limited time, the public will then be invited to tour the home.

The JLP Designers’ Show House fundraiser has benefited the community in many ways throughout its 34-year history. The 2007 Designers’ Show House Elegance on Beechwood earned a net profit of $122,000, making it the JLP’s most profitable. Those proceeds will be used to build a KaBOOM! playground in Clairton. It is the final installment of a three-year initiative to build three playgrounds in underserved neighborhoods. Due to overwhelming community support, the JLP is not only able to entirely fund the third playground but also to contribute to additional projects.

The Show House isn’t all about renovation and construction. There’s plenty of opportunity to have a good time. The opening night Gala, Glitz, Glamour and Grace, earned a spot on Jean Horne’s 2007 Most Dazzling Dozen party list in the Tribune-Review newspaper. Hosted by the Learning Channel’s “While You Were Out” celebrity carpenter Andrew Dan-Jumbo and WTAE-TV news anchor Michelle Wright, it proved to be an evening filled with elegance and nostalgia. Former Pittsburgh Pirate Bob Friend, who once owned the home, shared tales of years spent at 1265 Beechwood Boulevard.

Could your home be the next Junior League Designers’ Show House? Do you know of a home that could? Please email to submit a house for consideration.

All proceeds form the Junior League of Pittsburgh’s 18th Designers’ Show House were dedicated to the KaBOOM! project.

KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization, envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. The Junior League of Pittsburgh and KaBOOM!, in conjunction with community partners, is building three play spaces over the next three years. By acting as the funding sponsor of the playground builds, the Junior League of Pittsburgh will contribute more than $180,000 to the Greater Pittsburgh community in only three years!

Show House History

The Junior League of Pittsburgh Designers’ Show Houses have raised more than $1,250,000 since 1974. Proceeds from these events have provided money for new League community projects and helped to further the League’s mission of building better communities.

Former Designers’ Show Houses include:

  • 1974: Beatty Hall (Woodland Road)
  • 1975: The Hillman Home (Fifth Avenue)
  • 1976: Hill ‘n Dale (Fox Chapel)
  • 1977: 841 North Lincoln (Allegheny West)
  • 1978: Fox Hall (Fox Chapel)
  • 1979: Tyburn Woods (North Park)
  • 1984: 244 N. Bellefield Avenue (Oakland)
  • 1985: Trimont (Mount Washington)
  • 1986: William Warren Card Home (Point Breeze)
  • 1987: Sellers-Carnahan Home (Shadyside)
  • 1989: Villa of North Park (North Park)
  • 1995: Evans Home (Squirrel Hill)
  • 1997: 6568 Fifth Avenue (Point Breeze)
  • 1999: Charles Kraft House (Crafton)
  • 2000: Aiken and Pembroke (Shadyside)
  • 2003: Negley-Gwinner-Harter House (Shadyside)
  • 2005: 820 North Highland Avenue (Highland Park)
  • 2007: 1265 Beechwood Boulevard (Squirrel Hill)