Calvary Episcopal Church (Pittsburgh)

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Calvary Episcopal Church
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Location 315 Shady Avenue (at Walnut Street)
Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°27′22″N 79°55′21″W / 40.455977°N 79.922554°W / 40.455977; -79.922554Coordinates: 40°27′22″N 79°55′21″W / 40.455977°N 79.922554°W / 40.455977; -79.922554
Built 1855
Architect Ralph Adams Cram
Architectural style(s) Gothic Revival
Governing body Episcopal Church
Designated 1969
Calvary Episcopal Church (Pittsburgh) is located in Pittsburgh
Calvary Episcopal Church (Pittsburgh)
Location of Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh

Calvary Episcopal Church is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that was founded in 1855. The church rented space from a German Lutheran Church until a building was constructed in 1861. Due to Pittsburgh's industrial growth during the late 19th century, the church acquired a new property in 1904 and built a Gothic Revival-style building designed by architect Ralph Adams Cram. Charles Connick designed approximately 70 stained glass windows for the church between 1920 to 1939.[1]

In 1921, Calvary Episcopal Church joined with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation to make the first radio broadcast of a church service.

2003 Lawsuit[edit]

In 2003, Calvary Episcopal Church sued the diocese and Bishops Robert Duncan and Henry Scriven over actions taken by a special convention the diocese held after the 2003 General Convention. At the special convention, the diocese had passed a resolution that asserted that all property of individual parishes belonged to the parishes themselves, rather than to the diocese. In the suit, Calvary claimed that the diocese could not take such an action, as it violated the Dennis Canon. Eventually, the suit was settled out of court. The final settlement did not affirm Calvary Church's central contention that diocesan property was held in trust for the national church, but it created a process by which the diocese agreed to make decisions about property and assets should a congregation wish to leave the diocese.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "KD Country: Stained Glass Windows". KDKA. 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  2. ^ Episcopal property lawsuit filed here. Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 2003-10-25. Retrieved on 2008-11-13.

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