Stay at Chatham's historic Howe-Childs Gate House

Along Fifth Avenue in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, the Gate House sits at the foot of a national arboretum at Chatham University's Shadyside Campus and offers unparalleled access to some of Pittsburgh's top cultural and culinary destinations.

Request Lodging

To start your reservation, contact us at 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 you inquiry:

  • Desired date(s) of visit
  • First & Last name of primary
  • # of rooms
  • # of people in your party
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address
  • Purpose of visit
  • Any special requests or accommodations

Suite 1

Located on the second floor of Gate House, Suite 1 features one queen bed with en suite bathroom. The room is outfitted with a 5-drawer chest, and television with cable access. A highlight of the suite is a restored fireplace that carries the warmth of the Gate House lobby and common areas into the room.

Sleeps 2 • Includes Continental Breakfast

Prospective students and Alumni: Ask about our reduced rate for your Chatham visit.

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

Additional Rooms

Suite 2
Located on the second floor of Gate House, Suite 2 is perfect for extended stays with a kitchen, full-size refrigerator, washer and dryer, stove and oven, microwave, and couch. Sleeps up to 4.

Suite 3
Also located on the second floor, Suite 3 is a fully accessible room with elevator access from the ground floor. Sleeps up to 4.

Suite 4
Located on the third floor, Suite 4 is our most requested room, featuring a queen bed, and television. Sleeps up to 4.

Suite 5
On Gate House's third floor, Suite 5 is the only room with twin beds (2). Sleeps up to 4.


Suite 4 Bed


About Gate House

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.

Gate House Historic Landmark Plaque

Getting here

The Howe-Childs Gatehouse is located along Fifth Avenue at the north entrance to Chatham University's Shadyside Campus.

5918 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Parking for Gate House is located along the side, accessed from Woodland Road just off Fifth Ave.

Please contact Gate House staff at (412) 365-2906 or to inquire about your stay or ask any questions you may have about the Howe-Childs Gate House.

Upon messaging the Gate House, Gate House staff will contact you to confirm if the dates requested are available and to continue your reservation. Please allow 24 hours from the time of your request for Gate House staff to respond.