Within ten years of the first (1898) Catholic church in Vandergrift, a larger facility was needed. This John Comes design has a strong Italian Romanesque flavor, with its horizontal limestone belt courses contrasting with the red brick walls and clay tile roof. The basilica plan is unusually narrow (54 feet) compared with the 104-foot-high landmark twin towers arcaded with sandstone columns in the belfries. The nave is lit by clerestory windows and an elaborate wheel window above the entrance.
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St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church
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