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East Liberty Presbyterian Church: Gothic ‘masterpiece’


Head east along Penn Avenue and you can’t miss one of Pittsburgh’s architectural wonders.

Even as modern apartment buildings crowd its historic walls, East Liberty Presbyterian Church, also known as the Cathedral of Hope, draws the eye with its distinctive 300-foot-tall spire.

Covering an entire block, the Gothic-style church opened in 1935 after years of planning and construction. Architect Ralph Adams Cram, who was hired by the famed Mellon family, called the building “my masterpiece” and “the most profound spiritual experience of my life.”

Decades later, the church remains a monument to a bygone era of architecture.

– Dan Stefano, WordWrite Communications

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