Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Churches Need Saviors Preserving Former Houses of Worship Takes Verve

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Churches Need Saviors Preserving Former Houses of Worship Takes Verve

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Two lovely old churches were in the news this month for the wrong reasons. They are both in hot zones for city real estate development - and are in danger of being demolished. Both buildings have different backstories, but the end result is the same: Money, dedication and ingenuity are what can save a church building, not just moral appeals.

On Monday, Commonwealth Court upheld a decision to deny historic status to Albright United Methodist Church in Bloomfield. A developer has been seeking to raze the building for retail or other use, with the support of Methodist leaders eager to sell. And last week, Mayor Bill Peduto joined the choir of people objecting to the proposed demolition of Holy Family Church in Lawrenceville. An earlier proposal called for the spacious structure to become part of an apartment complex. …

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