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ST. STANISLAUS KOSTKA Catholic Church- Pittsburgh, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 40° 27.154 W 079° 59.015
17T E 586186 N 4478485
Quick Description: This old church is located at the intersection of 21st Street and Smallman in Pittsburgh's Strip District.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 10/1/2009 12:03:46 AM
Waymark Code: WM7BFD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 8

Long Description:
From the Church's website: (

"Saint Stanislaus Kostka's architectural style is a blend of Romanesque and Baroque, with Byzantine influences. Construction of the present Saint Stanislaus Kostka church was started in April of 1891. On July 31st, 1892, this church was consecrated to the greater glory of God.
The church is a one story brick edifice covering an area of 8,337 square feet. The church is built on the ground surface, and there is no basement. The walls are from 17 to 21 inches thick. The church measures 67 feet wide and 105 feet deep and stands 150 feet high. In 1936 the church endured flood and explosion damage.

In the twin towers are seven bells. The right tower holds the St. Michel bell -2,500 Ibs., the St. Barbara bell ­1,200 Ibs. and the St. Anthony bell-750 Ibs. The left tower holds the St. Casimer bell -1,800 Ibs., the St. Joseph bell -1,000 Ibs., the St. Rosa bell -750 Ibs. and the
St. Stanislaus bell -550 Ibs. Five bells were electrified in 1956.

In March 1936 the disastrous Saint Patrick Day flood occurred. Water flooded the church as high as the top of the wainscoting on the walls. The pews were afloat and the Pastor was trapped in the rectory on the second floor. In December 1936 an explosion at the Pittsburgh Banana Company weakened the towers and the original baroque style bonnets were removed. Examples of the bonnet style are still found on the top of the sidewall pilasters and the ventilation copula on the center of the roof. Three of the medallion windows over the altars were also covered over."

Type of Church: Church

Status of Building: Actively in use for worship

Date of building construction: 07/31/1892

Dominant Architectural Style: Romanesque & Baroque

Diocese: Pittsburgh

21st Street and Smallman
Pittsburgh, CA USA

Relvant Web Site: [Web Link]

Date of organization: Not listed

Associated Shrines, Art, etc.: Not listed

Archdiocese: Not listed

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