The Bayernhof mansion.
Some of Brown's music machines on display.
The Baynerhof's pool/grotto room.
Backstory and Context
Charles B. Brown III was the founder and CEO of Gas Lite manufacturing until his death in 1999. He developed a passion for antique, automatic musical instruments and amassed an extensive collection that he wanted to share with others, requesting that the collection be displayed in his home. As a result, visitors get to see Brown’s collection, which is featured in all the rooms of the home, and a beautiful, unique home that is laced with hidden doors and secret passages.
Construction on the German-style Bayernhof began in 1976 and wasn't finished until 1982. It sits on an 18-acre site that provides picturesque views of the Allegheny River and first opened as a museum in 2004. This unique, or eccentric mansion includes a rooftop observatory complete with its own retractable roof, 10 fireplaces, 8 full baths, 21 wet bars (to include one in each bedroom), and a fully restored copper still.
However, the mansion's most unique, or eccentric feature are its secret passages. One is hidden behind a mirror in one of the bathrooms, while another, known as "The Cave" (I'm Batman) includes a faux cave complete with faux stalagmites and stalactites, and small waterfalls and pools. It runs from the mansion's lower level and takes one to the indoor pool/grotto area that features a 10-foot waterfall.
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