June 13, 2024

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Ligonier boutique lodge Thistledown at Seger Household for sale at $1.795 million

If you desire of proudly owning a historic smaller-city inn (and have a several dollars in your pocket), there’s a Ligonier house ready for you.

Thistledown at Seger Home, just two blocks from the Diamond, is on the sector for $1.795 million.

There are 8 bedrooms and eight loos in the Victorian edifice, clad in pink Lake Excellent sandstone, with one more visitor suite in the adjacent carriage residence. 1 of the suites in the primary creating is handicapped accessible.

The boutique lodge was built in 1915 as a house for coal and timber baron John Seger and his relatives.

It has authentic woodwork and three sets of what are considered to be Tiffany stained-glass windows. There are 6 operating fireplaces, each and every with authentic, unique tile operate from American Encaustic Tiling Co. in Ohio, and a roof of inexperienced Ludowici terra cotta tile.


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Thistledown at Seger Dwelling, a boutique lodge in Ligonier, is listed for sale at $1.795 million.


The making has an original dumbwaiter, kitchen amenities, an elevator and modern day heating and cooling programs. The to start with floor incorporates a substantial lounge and area suited for a restaurant or other retail company.

It is been quietly mentioned for sale because previous summer time with Pennsylvania Business True Estate Inc. Entrepreneurs Adam and Michelle Gardner of Latrobe say they aren’t in a good hurry to provide but will be ready to shift on when a buyer arrives together.


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Adam and Michelle Gardner, entrepreneurs of Thistledown at Seger Home in Ligonier.


“This has been a wonderful adventure, but now seems like the appropriate time to move it on,” Michelle Gardner mentioned. “We’re chaotic with other matters.”

The couple moved to Latrobe from Ligonier in 2019 to be nearer to their two youngsters, just one in higher education and 1 a mounting junior at Kiski Prep. They also personal BattleZone Latrobe and GOG Paintball in Loyalhanna.

‘We’re acquiring it’

The Gardners purchased the Thistledown house in early 2013 from Excela Overall health, which had employed it as a surgical heart.

The Seger loved ones marketed it to the Allegheny County Sisters Of Charity in the mid-1940s for use as a clinic. About two several years later, it was acquired by Helen Newlin McGinnis and renamed McGinnis Clinic.

It was purchased in the 1980s by Westmoreland Medical center, which later on merged into the Excela Well being method, and operated as a surgical heart until eventually 2011.

“Even when it was still a medical procedures, I’d drive by and appear at it and marvel what it was like when it was a dwelling, and imagine how stunning it was,” Michelle mentioned. “I’d say, if it ever goes for sale, we’re getting it.”


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Thistledown at Seger Property has three sets of stained glass panels, thought to be Tiffany.


When it did go on the sector, she assumed of it as a place to move her business, Bo Peep Yarn Shop, from its spot on the Diamond.

“We weren’t contemplating of generating it an inn. I did not know what we’d do with rest of the place,” she explained.

The few toured the home, which was outlined at about $600,000, Adam Gardner explained.

“(Excela) eventually acquired to the stage of saying, just be sure to make an supply,” he mentioned.

“So we acquired it and mentioned, now what?” Michelle said.

They paid $265,000, “but we have almost certainly put 6 moments that significantly into it,” she included.

Tasteful update

The notion for the boutique lodge took shape as the pair begun eradicating the clinical centre characteristics from the making.

“We did a whole lot of the demolition and then understood we had a big undertaking right here,” Adam explained.

Some characteristics, like the tilework, fireplaces, entrance home windows, woodwork in the foyer and the stained-glass windows, ended up in comparatively great shape. But the roof leaked, and the plumbing and electrical techniques desired an overhaul.

The Gardners entrusted considerably of the work to Bloxdorf Contracting of Mahaffey, Clearfield County.

“They have been able to give the building a quite tasteful update, although preserving the historical integrity,” Michelle reported.

Renovations took about 9 months, finishing in September 2013. The Gardners essentially welcomed their initial attendees in August, a woman from Alabama in town for a rug-hooking workshop and her partner.

“We experienced 1 home all set, and they were being our guinea pigs,” Michelle said.


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A mild-loaded visitor room at Thistledown at Seger Dwelling in Ligonier.


The inn normally is occupied from May perhaps via October and again all-around the vacations, the Gardners reported. Enterprise was slow through the pandemic, but summer bookings are finding up.

Though Michelle no more time operates the yarn shop, Bee Kind Vineyard even now has a retail outlet at Thistledown. The very first-flooring cafe room formerly occupied by Myriam’s Table is out there for lease.

In addition to becoming listed with the realty organization, Thistledown is showcased on the feeling-based serious estate site captivatinghomes.com and shortly will be showcased on circaoldhouses.com, a curated historic house marketplace.

“This is likely someone’s dream,” Adam reported.

“It’s perfect for another person who enjoys Hallmark motion pictures,” Michelle extra.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Evaluate staff members writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or through Twitter .