BEAVER FALLS — Wine, appetizers and a tour of the Moltrup mansion are part of a July 22 fundraiser for the Beaver Falls Community Development Corp.
Stephen Moltrup, founder of Moltrup Steel in Beaver Falls, built the house for his family around 1912 with monies from his patents. He made major developments in the steel industry, including precision flat plates that were made in his mill for the U.S. Mint.
“The house is unusual, in that it is all steel and cement, basically a fort,” Carrie Havranek, current owner of the recently renovated structure along with her husband, Gary, said.
Moltrup was intrigued that Thomas Edison built a house from the same materials in 1910, Havranek said.
“The house was abandoned for nine years before we bought it, and in extremely poor condition,” Havranek said. “The fact that it was steel and cement kept it standing.”
Tickets for the tour and wine tasting are $100, with a “custom” option also available, at beaverfallscdc.org
Guests may arrive as early as 5:15 p.m., making their way down the driveway to the back where wine and appetizers will be served. The tour will start promptly at 6:20.
All contributions will support the work of the Beaver Falls CDC, which coordinates programs striving to make the city a better place to live, work and do business.
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