The Congelier House legends says there was once a house in Pittsburgh’s Manchester neighborhood on the Northside.
There was once a house in Pittsburgh’s Manchester neighborhood on the Northside. It was known as the “House the Devil Built” and believed to be the most haunted house in the nation.
According to legend, a man by the name of Charles Congelier made a fortune in the south after the Civil War and made his way to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He built a beautiful mansion in the 1860’s at 1129 Ridge Avenue. He lived in the house with his wife Lyda and their maid Essie. Charles and the maid were having a secret affair until his wife overheard what was happening in 1871. She collected a knife and meat clever and killed the two lovers. A friend of the Congeliers found Lyda days later in the home rocking in a chair while she hummed lullabies to the severed head of the maid.
The house remained uninhabited for about twenty years due to the horrific tales about the Congeliers. A railroad company purchased the home in 1892 and converted it into apartments for the rail workers. The workers complained of strange sounds and activity and refused to stay in the building. The house went back on the market.
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