Father Pitt

Grace Lutheran Church, Troy Hill

Posted in Churches, Troy Hill by Dr. Boli on July 23, 2013

2013-07-22-Troy-Hill-Grace-Lutheran-01

Taller than it is long, Grace Lutheran Church occupies a tiny space in the narrow streets of Troy Hill, a traditionally German neighborhood straddling a narrow hilltop above the Allegheny.

Ober House in Troy Hill

Posted in Architecture, Troy Hill by Dr. Boli on December 14, 2009

A rare “Stick Style” Victorian, this was the home of Mr. J. P. Ober of Eberhardt & Ober. The style was common elsewhere in the country, but Pittsburgh preferred heavier, stonier styles in its domestic architecture. As commonly happens to an opulent house in a working-class neighborhood, this has become a funeral home.

Grace Lutheran in Troy Hill

Posted in Churches, Troy Hill by Dr. Boli on September 29, 2009

2009-09-13-Troy-Hill-Grace-Lutheran-01

The narrow streets and sudden drops in Troy Hill make for some unusual adaptations. Stuffed into a tiny lot, Grace Lutheran Church is as tall as it is long, with its main sanctuary on the second floor. It’s impossible to get a picture of the building without wires in front, and removing the wires with an image editor would be dishonest, which is Father Pitt’s way of saying “too much work.”

Catholic Deco

Posted in Sculpture, Troy Hill by Dr. Boli on September 16, 2009
Click on the image to enlarge it.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

North Catholic High School in Troy Hill was built in 1940. Its greatest claim to distinction is the set of unique reliefs by Charles Bradley Warren illustrating “The Pursuit of Knowledge.” “Unique” is a word thrown about with little regard for its etymological meaning, but here it seems descriptive. Where else will we find any similar combination of Catholic iconography, Art Deco style, and scientific progressivism? The reliefs are a little grimy from decades of heavy industry in the valley below, but they have lost none of their power to astonish a first-time visitor to Troy Hill.

No, old Pa Pitt has not reversed one of the photographs. These are two different reliefs over doors on opposite sides of the building, identical except that they are mirror images of one another. In each relief, the monkish scientists gazing into the distance are turned to face a stunning view of the Allegheny valley and the city of Pittsburgh.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

The Famous Troy Hill Clydesdales

Posted in Troy Hill by Dr. Boli on September 14, 2009

2009-09-13-Troy-Hill-Clydesdales-01

There are, of course, no famous Troy Hill Clydesdales, but these horses and this wagon visited long enough to enliven a September parish fair in Troy Hill. Here we see them with St. Anthony’s Chapel in the background.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 72 other followers