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St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church

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1895, 1917. 109 S. 7th St.
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

This grand monument at the western end of the E. Carson Street commercial district is the most striking reminder of eastern European heritage in South Side life. In 1895, the congregation, affiliated with the Catholic (not the Orthodox) Church, began to meet in the red-orange-colored brick narthex, the only part of the church then built. The maroon-hued brick main hall, in a traditional Ukrainian cross-in-square configuration, was added in 1917. The church is surmounted by six onion-shaped domes, and the central dome, with its covering of gold leaf, shines brilliantly. The two front domes fit less well on their towers, and were perhaps added as afterthoughts to reinforce the eastern European appearance of the church.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.



  • 1895

    Narthex built
  • 1917

    Main hall built

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Lu Donnelly et al., "St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church", [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, 77-77.

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