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Holy Rosary Church

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1928, Ralph Adams Cram for Cram and Ferguson. 7160 Kelly St., Homewood

This is the most inventive of Cram's three churches in Pittsburgh, with a powerful and idiosyncratic Spanish-inspired design for a congregation originally of German and Irish extraction and now African American. The surrounding blocks of identical frame houses are dwarfed by the church's tall and spiky spire. The numerous pinnacles on the sides and the crocketed spires on the facade make the vibrancy of this Iberian fantasy—a restatement of the Cathedral of Burgos in Spain—all the more powerful. Inside, Catalan Gothic provided Cram's precedent for a forest of slender columns and ribbed vaults that creates the most dramatic nave in Pittsburgh.

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "Holy Rosary Church", [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-AL104.

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Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 112-112.

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