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Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation Awards $84,700 in Grants and Technical Assistance to 15 Historic Religious Properties in Allegheny County

March 6, 2008
By Carole Malakoff

On February 7, George C. Dorman, trustee of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (Landmarks) and Chair of its Historic Religious Properties Committee,  announced the 2008 Historic Religious Properties Grants and Technical Assistance Awards at the Annual Awards Ceremony in the Landmarks Building at Station Square, where Landmarks is headquartered.

The program, now in its eleventh year, assists architecturally-significant religious properties in Allegheny County that provide community services in the neighborhoods, have active congregations, and are able to match the grant.  Grants are used for architectural restoration projects on the structures and this year ranged between $3,200 and $10,000.

Thirty-five  applications for grants and technical assistance from historic religious institutions located throughout Allegheny County were reviewed; eleven congregations received grants and three others received technical assistance.  One congregation was awarded  an energy conservation audit funded by the Saxer Family Foundation.  Applicable grants awarded this year include restoration of stained glass, masonry work, roof and parapet repairs, and bell tower work.  Technical assistance is directed to assisting congregations in prioritizing restoration projects and establishing preventive maintenance programs.

The following eleven churches were awarded grants:

  • Epiphany Church, The Hill
  • Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Crafton
  • Grace Episcopal Church, Mt. Washington
  • Hazelwood Christian Church, Hazelwood
  • Incarnation of the Lord Church,  Observatory Hill
  • Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church, Mt. Lebanon
  • Presbyterian Church of  Mt. Washington, Mt. Washington
  • Riverview United Presbyterian Church,  Observatory Hill
  • Sacred Heart Church, Shadyside
  • St. Matthew Lutheran Church, East Allegheny
  • Trinity Cathedral, Downtown   

Receiving technical assistance are:

  • Everlasting Covenant Cathedral, Larimer
  • Greater Pittsburgh Gospel Deliverance Center, Bloomfield/Friendship
  • Second United Presbyterian Church of Wilkinsburg  

An energy audit will be conducted for:

  • The Pittsburgh New Church, Point Breeze

The Historic Religious Properties Grants Program is funded by annual year-end gifts from Landmarks members and trustees and from general funds budgeted by Landmarks.

For more information on this and other programs, please contact Carole Malakoff, Coordinator, Historic Religious Properties Program, at 412-471-5808,, or visit the website

Founded in 1964 and now recognized as one of the nation’s most innovative and effective nonprofit historic preservation organizations, the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation works to:

  • Identify and save historically-significant places;
  • revitalize historic neighborhoods, towns, and urban areas;
  • preserve historic farms and historic-designed landscapes; and
  • educate people about the Pittsburgh region’s rich architectural heritage.

Mt. Lebanon Presbyterian Church

Riverview Presbyterian Church

St. Matthew Lutheran Church

Trinity Cathedral

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633