Southwestern Pennsylvania is brimming with wonderful surprises. The rolling hills and woodlands hold historic links to the past as well as some of the prettiest natural sights anywhere.
Easily accessible yet secluded, this unique 785-acre estate provides an escape, but is within minutes of excitement. Nestled in the scenic Laurel Highlands, located only 38 miles south of Pittsburgh, Linden Hall stands testiment to the area's rich history and pastoral splendor.
The mansion, dedicated on Christmas Day, 1913, was built for Sarah Cochran, widow of coke and coal pioneer Philip Cochran, at a cost of $2 million. Much of the original furnishings were imported for Mrs. Cochran by Joseph Hornes of Pittsburgh.
With 8,720 sq. feet on each of its four floors, the mansion contains 35 rooms, 27 fireplaces, 13 baths, and a finished basement. Other features include an indoor bowling alley and walk-in clothes dryer.
An Aeolian pipe organ, one of only three in the world, could be heard throughout the mansion via pipes on the first and third floors.
Linden Hall was purchased and restored to its original grandeur by the United Steel Workers of America in 1976.
Today, Linden Hall and Conference Center serves as a training center for Steelworkers from across the United States and Canada.