The Home of Charles Taze Russell - Renovated

by Wild_Thing 27 Replies latest jw friends

  • Are you serious
    Are you serious

    Imagine if that idiot hadn't been born. Hmm.......

  • Still Totally ADD
    Still Totally ADD

    Looking at the before pictures it looks like he lived pretty good compared to most americans of that time period. It so nice to see old buildings beginning renovated instead of being torn down. Still Totally ADD

  • dropoffyourkeylee

    So do we know exactly what years he lived there? Was it his boyhood home?

  • Diogenesister

    It's gorgeous! Where is it??

  • Iamallcool


  • truthseeker

    I'm looking for the Miracle Wheat processing facility.

  • Oh-my-God

    Hi Wild_Thing,

    how do we know that Russells really lived there? Is there any reference source? I did not find any. Can you provide more details? Thank you.


  • Earnest

    It was built in 1900 so not Charles Russell's boyhood home.

  • Wild_Thing

    First, you have to understand that the numbering system changed, so 79 Cedar Ave. became 1004 Cedar Ave. and 80 became 1006. Here is a transcript from the Russell divorce where Maria explains. It is from 1907, but the time period she speaks of is in the late 1800s through early 1900s.

    There is other evidence of C.T. and his father, Joseph (and also Emma, Joseph's wife/Maria's sister) all living at those addresses in census records and other historic documents from that time period. It is definitely not CT Russell's boyhood home, but he and his father did own them and they both lived there at various times as married adults. In fact, I believe CT's father, Joseph, died in the 1006 side, but I can't put my fingers on the documentation at the moment.

    Here is one screen grab from the 1879 Directory of Pittsburgh and Allegheny, where Joseph and Charles are listed as living in the same place on Cedar. (Obviously, the F is a typo). I can't any reference to a 79 Cedar Street, so I am wondering if they considered both sides the same address back then.

    From the 1881 Directory (After both were married):

    From the 1882 Directory:

    There is still more you can find on your own with enough digging. The house was definitely not build in 1900. I am not sure when it was built (it would be interesting to find out), but I believe the date listed on the real estate listing is either a typo, or just completely wrong.

    CT Russell lived at many, many other addresses from what I have found, but I believe this was the one he was living in with Maria with they first married and started the Watch Tower.

  • Wild_Thing

    Forgot to put in links:

    Here is the link for the Russell divorce transcripts. Use the search feature to search for "Cedar" and you'll find it.

    Here is the link for the old directories where I grabbed the screen shots:

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