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St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church

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1911, John T. Comes. 305 Franklin Ave.

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.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church", [Vandergrift, 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, 223-223.

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