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St. Paul Cathedral

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1906, Egan and Prindeville. 5th Ave. and N. Craig St.
  • (Photograph by Dllu, CC BY-SA 4.0)
  • St. Paul Cathedral (Lu Donnelly)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

This third version of St. Paul Cathedral (the other two were downtown, on Grant Street) is more than a single building: with its adjoining synod house and rectory and two neighboring schools, it constitutes a medieval grouping unto itself. The Chicago-based architects specialized in Catholic churches of a historicizing character. Here they imitated Cologne Cathedral's twin spires for the exterior, and its fiveaisled nave for the interior. The impressively tall nave, with its pointed-arched arcade and rib vaulting, is imposing rather than alluring; the best element is the immense pipe organ donated by Andrew Carnegie.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.



  • 1906


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Lu Donnelly et al., "St. Paul Cathedral", [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

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, 65-66.

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