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At Chatham University's historic Howe-Childs Gate House

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Stay at the 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 unparalled access to some of Pittsburgh's top cultural and culinary destinations.

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.

Dresser, fireplace in Suite 1
Restored fireplace in Suite 1
Bathroom in Suite 1
Bathroom sink in Suite 1
Queen bed and bathroom entry in Suite 1

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
Guests can enjoy the peaceful common living room area

Location Highlights

Gate House Kitchen offers a free continental breakfast to guests

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.

Queen bed in Suite 4

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 added to the List of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmarks.

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation 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.

Upon submission of stay request, Gate House staff will contact you to confirm that the dates selected are available and to process payment to reserve the room. Please allow 24 hours from the time of your request for Gate House staff to respond.


Please contact Gate House staff at 412-365-2906 or