Located on a flat acre of land atop a mountain near Seven Springs Resort, Mattei and her late husband, Domenic, spent two years building the home.
Its features include latticed wraparound patios, a two-and-a-half story stone fireplace and chimney, large rooms looking out across the tops of the Laurel Highlands, custom cut woodwork, four bedrooms, three full baths, two stone fireplaces and a three car garage in more than 2,600-square feet of living space.
But the story of how the home came to be spanned years in the lives of the Matteis and their four children.
They were familiar with the area since Domenic Mattei, the largest concrete contractor in Pittsburgh, had done all the concrete work during the 1970s for Seven Springs Resort.
“He built the whole ski lodge,” Mary Louise Mattei said. “We went up there a lot. His men didn’t want to have to drive back and forth to Pittsburgh so he installed a large mobile home for them on Helene School Road. He rented the space,” she added.
Eventually, the family used the mobile home as a summer vacation retreat. “We went up there every single weekend and for our summer vacations. I would stay there with the children all summer and my husband would commute.
“We lived in Whitehall then. But we have very good friends who moved to Castle Shannon. They also had a home on that (mountain) street. That particular spot (where they would later build the house) had a spectacular view.
“We were considered city people. In fact, everybody who lived there was considered city people,” she said.
Somehow, in order to convince the owner to sell them some of the property, the Matteis had to overcome that description.
There was no question about building the house on the site and no question about the design.
Married in 1963, Domenic and Mary Louise Mattei saw a home plan in the Pittsburgh Press in 1964 that so impressed them, they cut it out of the paper and kept it.
Mattei had stone trucked in from Maryland and sent to Georgia for white marble. Wes Weimer of Stahlstown did all the stone work, including the exterior, which is completely faced in Maryland limestone, and the interior fireplaces and chimneys. “That stone looks the same today as it did the day it was new,” Mary Louise Mattei said. “That house is so well built I think a hurricane could hit it and that house isn‘t going anywhere.”
“When the water line came in, we had it installed all along the property. We are the only people on that road to have city water. We also paid to have a fire hydrant put in.
“What my husband did with the geothermal system, I think he was before his time. He bought two-inch thick gas lines from Columbia Gas in Pittsburgh. We were going to encircle one acre with that gas line. We laid it out in the field under the sun to make it more pliable. We had someone come from the gas company to fuse all the pieces together so it was one continuous piece. We dug down five-and-a-half feet, filled the line with ethyl glycol and buried it so we could pull 55 degrees from the ground. Anything I want above 55 degrees is what I pay for. It’s really a neat system and it’s maintenance free.’’
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