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Performance Thursdays Are on Hiatus Until January
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Please note that due to private events we will not be hosting Performance Thursdays until January.  See you in 2019!  

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Winter Lights Wedding(TM) Giveaway Winners
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Priory Hospitality Group was proud to choose City of Pittsburgh police officer Joseph Opferman III and his fiancee, Kristy Bennett, as the winners of the Winter Lights Wedding complimentary wedding ...

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Priory Founder Ed Graf Week in Pittsburgh
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Priory Hospitality Group founder and Chairman Edward Graf was honored by Pittsburgh City Council for his contributions to the City and North Side, both in economic and community development, by declaring ...

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History of the Mansions on Fifth Hotel

The Bonavita Family Era

The remaining McCooks lived in the main mansion through the 1930’s. Due to the cost of upkeep and the economic pressures of the Great Depression, the family was unable to keep current with their property taxes and the house was seized for sheriff’s sale by the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department. The mansion was purchased at sheriff’s sale in 1949 by Emil Bonavita, Sr. and his wife Margaret for $28,000. The Bonavitas moved into the manse with their two children, Emil, Jr. and Charles.

As a way to pay for upkeep for the massive building, the Bonavitas began to rent rooms on the upper floors to students at nearby Carnegie Mellon University. Students were thoroughly screened, and many of those attracted to the historic property were studying at CMU’s prominent arts and theater schools. Margaret, who acted as a house mother to the many students who resided at the home over the years, resided in the McCook mansion until her (much mourned) death in 2003. According to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette architecture writer Patricia Lowry, tenants included Albert Brooks, Andy Warhol, Shirley Jones and George Peppard.

In 1966, Bessie McCook Reed, for whom the Amberson House was built in 1905, passed away. She lived in the home from time of her marriage until her passing. Three years later, Emil Bonavita, Jr. and his wife Marie acquired the Amberson House, and moved in to raise their family of three children - EJ, Jimmy and Michael. Emil and Marie also assisted in the boarding operations at the larger Fifth Avenue House.

In 2004, the Fifth Avenue House, the main mansion, sustained a horrific fire. The fire caused extensive damage to the upper floors. The building became uninhabitable, and its tenure as a home for students had come to an end. In the meantime, Emil and Marie looked to sell the damaged mansion to a purchaser who would restore it.

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