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Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation Awards Grants to Historic Religious Properties

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (Landmarks) announced its 2002 Historic Religious Properties Grants and Technical Assistance Awards at their annual Awards Ceremony and Seminar, October 7 at Bellefield Presbyterian Church in Oakland.

The program, now in its seventh year, assists architecturally significant religious properties that also provide social services to their neighborhoods, have a viable congregation, and are able to match the grant. Grants are to be used for architectural restoration projects on the structure.

Thirty-two applications for grants and technical assistance from historic religious institutions located throughout Allegheny County were reviewed and 24 received either grants or technical assistance. Applicable grants awarded this year included repairing and restoring stained glass, roof repair, and restoration of a church dome. Technical

Assistance is directed to assisting congregations in prioritizing restoration projects and establishing preventative maintenance programs.

The following churches were awarded grants:

-Bellefield Presbyterian Church, Oakland
-Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, North Side
-Calvert Memorial Presbyterian Church, Etna
-Central Presbyterian Church, McKeesport
-Church of the Redeemer, Squirrel Hill
-First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, Oakland
-First English Lutheran Church of Sharpsburg, Sharpsburg
-First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh, Shadyside
-First United Methodist Church of Wilmerding, Wilmerding
-Lamb of God Christian Ministries, Homestead
-Monumental Baptist Church, Hill District
-Mulberry Presbyterian Church, Wilkinsburg
-Riverview United Presbyterian Church, North Side
-Rodef Shalom, Oakland
-Round Hill Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth
-St. Benedict the Moor Church, Lower Hill District
-St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, North Side
-St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKees Rocks
-St. Peter & St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox G. C. Church, Carnegie
-St. Paul of the Cross Monastery Church, South Side
-St. Stanislaus, Strip District
-Wesley Center A.M.E. Zion Church, Hill District
-Zion Christian Church, Mt. Oliver
-Zion Hill Baptist Church, Hill District

The grants were awarded at the seminar held at Bellefield Presbyterian Church, 4001 Fifth Avenue in Oakland. The symposium was held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, featured speakers offered information meeting community needs as a faith-based institution, fund raising, when to turn to an architect, and energy conservation.

Alice Greller, Chairman of the Historic Religious Properties Committee and trustee of Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation said, “Our seminars often impart information as valuable as the grants we award. It is a goal of Landmarks to continue to offer grants, technical assistance and the valuable information provided at these seminars.”

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

Founded in 1964, Landmarks is a nonprofit historic preservation group serving Allegheny County. It is dedicated to identifying a preserving the architectural landmarks, historic neighborhoods, and historic design landscapes of Allegheny County, and to educating people about this region’s architectural heritage and urban and landscape design history.

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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