Saint Paul Cathedral (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

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Saint Paul Cathedral
Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh as seen from Fifth Avenue in 2016.jpg
Saint Paul Cathedral (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is located in Pennsylvania
Saint Paul Cathedral (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
40°26′50.63″N 79°56′59.42″W / 40.4473972°N 79.9498389°W / 40.4473972; -79.9498389Coordinates: 40°26′50.63″N 79°56′59.42″W / 40.4473972°N 79.9498389°W / 40.4473972; -79.9498389
Location108 N. Dithridge St.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
CountryUnited States
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
Weekly attendance3000
Architect(s)Egan and Prindeville
StyleGothic Revival
Construction costUS$1.1 million (1906) or US$27,809,444.15 (2016)
Height247 feet (75 m)
Number of spiresTwo
Bishop(s)Most Rev. David A. Zubik
RectorRev. Kris D. Stubna
Part ofSchenley Farms Historic District (#83002213[1])
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 22, 1983
Designated PHLF1975[2]

Saint Paul Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. St. Paul's parish was established in 1834.[3] When the diocese was established in 1843 St. Paul's Church was chosen as the cathedral. The first two St. Paul Cathedrals were located on Grant Street downtown.[4] As the downtown area was claimed by industries, the residential areas shifted to other areas of the city. St. Paul's property was sold to the industrialist Henry Clay Frick. The present Gothic Revival structure was designed by Egan and Prindeville of Chicago and completed in 1906. They used Cologne Cathedral as their inspiration.[4] Philadelphia contractor Thomas Reilly built the new cathedral in the Oakland neighborhood. The pipe organ was provided by Andrew Carnegie. The cathedral serves the spiritual needs of approximately 3,000 worshipers.[5] It became a contributing property in the Schenley Farms Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Historic Landmark Plaques 1968-2009 (PDF). Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-02.
  3. ^ "St. Paul Cathedral, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania". Saint Paul Cathedral. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  4. ^ a b Lu Donnelly; H. David Brumble IV; Franklin Toker (2010). Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. p. 65-66. ISBN 9780813928234.
  5. ^ "Building History". Saint Paul Cathedral. Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 2013-04-29.

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