ActiveRainPhotoBloggerContest - Calvary United Methodist Church in Allegheny West, Pittsburgh PA

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist RS310271

Calvary United Methodist Church in Allegheny West, Pittsburgh PACalvary United Methodist Church in Allegheny West, Pittsburgh PA

The photo above is of a church located in the Allegheny West neighborhood on Pittsburgh's Northside, in truth; this photo doesn't even begin to show just how amazing this building is. Terrifying gargoyles, spires that reach to the sky, St. Andrews Crosses and faces carved into the structure of this building are truly amazing to behold. Inside the gleaming oak ceilings and plasterwork are illuminated by Tiffany stained glass windows. Nestled on Beech Avenue among majestic trees the building is a true masterpiece.

Interestingly, it is just one of hundreds of architectural masterpieces that are common in the city of Pittsburgh. Some, like Calvary, have been restored to grandeur and others dilapidated and in danger of disappearing. That is a shame.

As a real estate agent I have the opportunity to spend time exploring all the nooks and crannies of our city and I am amazed at the beauty of the turn-of-the-century buildings that make up the landscape. I wonder if others realize the potential of our city?

Pittsburgh is old, and was built by some of the original captains of industry, it was the city that built and fueled America with its steel and glass and coal. And the money that poured in was used to build amazing buildings, amazing communities and amazing places. For a long time Pittsburgh had a reputation of a smoky city, but that is not the case anymore, now that the skies are blue, it is up to us that live here to look at our city anew. Pittsburgh should not become a homogenized suburban city, not that it really ever could, with its twisting roads that climb over mountains, around rivers and across bridges.

We are a city of towns with lovely main streets, walkable communities and lush green spaces. We are a city of Victorian row homes, stone mansions and tree-lined brick streets. For Pittsburgh it is very possible that the best potential for the future is the same buildings and neighborhoods that were so much a part of our past. We just need to open our eyes and look around.

Buy or sell historic homes in Pittsburgh? Call Christa Ross from RE/MAX Select Realty, at 724-933-6300 x214 (office) or 724-779-1437 (direct) or visit my website at www.bestpittsburghhomes.com.

 

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Buying or Selling a home in Pittsburgh? Call Christa Ross from RE/MAX Select Realty, at 724-933-6300 x214 (office) or 724-309-1758 (direct) or visit my website at www.bestpittsburghhomes.com.

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Comments (7)

Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

Christa - great shot of the church. My husband and I love photography especially on buildings and architecture. Good luck with the contest.

May 10, 2011 08:58 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Facinating architecture, Christa.  It reminds me of churches found in London.  Do you know when it was built?

May 11, 2011 12:20 AM
Christa Ross
RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist - Pittsburgh, PA
Helping you buy and sell Pittsburgh's Best Homes

It was completed in 1893.

May 11, 2011 09:59 AM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Christa...Stunning!

Kate

May 12, 2011 02:56 PM
Karen Hurst
RICOASTALLIVING.COM - Warwick, RI
Rhode Island Waterfront!

Christa,

 One can just feel the history and the incredible amount of craftmanship that went into the building of this church. Excellent shot!

May 14, 2011 03:25 PM
Anonymous
Sarah Ambrose

Hi Christa, can you tell me if this was called the North Avenue Methodist Church back in 1905?

Jun 08, 2011 06:34 AM
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Christa Ross
RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist - Pittsburgh, PA
Helping you buy and sell Pittsburgh's Best Homes

Hi Sarah,

I don't believe so, I think it was always the same name. From their website:

Calvary United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh’s North Shore rose up out of the ashes in 1891. The original Christ Methodist Episcopal Church burned to the ground. Since part of the Christ Church congregation lived in Allegheny City (now considered Allegheny West) and the rest lived in the East End, the congregation decided to split and form two new churches. When resources from the property sale and insurance were divided evenly, Calvary and the First United Methodist Church in Shadyside resulted. The cornerstones for both churches were laid by Bishop Fowler the same day, May 18th, 1893.

Jun 09, 2011 03:47 PM