The home of the Henry Clay Frick family from 1882–1905, this meticulously restored 23-room mansion reveals the lifestyle of a prominent, wealthy family who lived in Pittsburgh at the height of the city’s cultural and economic importance. Today, Clayton is the last remaining home of its kind in Pittsburgh, standing as a testament to another era and offering unique insights into our city’s past.
The Frick family—Henry Clay Frick, Adelaide Howard Childs Frick, and their children, Childs Frick, Martha Howard Frick, Helen Clay Frick, and Henry Clay Frick, Jr.—lived in Clayton during the Gilded Age, the forty-year period following the end of the American Civil War, which witnessed rapid, intense change and ushered in the modern era of the United States. Forces such as industrialization, urbanization, technological advances and immigration collided to fundamentally alter the American way of life—creating great wealth and progress, but also challenges and startling inequity that continue to impact our world today.
Guided tours of Clayton explore this pivotal time in our nation’s history through the experiences of the Frick family and other 19th-century Pittsburghers, examining what it was like to live in this city at the dawn of modern America.
All Clayton tours begin at Grable Visitor Center. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Read current Covid-19 guidelines here.
Photography is not permitted in Clayton.
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