The application that PCHF submitted in December 2013 for a Pennsylvania Historical Marker, designating St. Nicholas R.C. Croatian Church North Side as "The First Croatian Parish in the Western Hemisphere" has been approved. It is one of 21 new markers approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The familiar blue with gold lettering sign, which are seen across the Commonwealth, will be placed to the right of the new seating area of the trail memorialization project that PennDOT [...]
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A steam shovel reshapes the landscape by Route 28 on the North Side. It’s just down the road from the site of the first Croatian Roman Catholic Church in the western hemisphere. Citing structural problems, the diocese demolished Saint Nicholas Church a year ago...
The familiar landmark of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Croatian Church — with its onion-shaped domes overlooking Route 28 on the North Side — may be gone, but the state is making sure that it is not forgotten...
Dear St. Nicholas Supporters, This article by Ruth Ann Dailey printed in today's Post-Gazette newspaper. It reveals some interesting and positive plans to memorialize Saint Nicholas Church, North Side. More information will follow in PCHF's next newsletter. Wishing you all a very Merry and Blessed Christmas, PCHF Board
What can you get for $100 million? If you're PennDOT, the answer is, and always has been, concrete. Lots of concrete. But now you'll also get ... art. When Route 28's overhaul wraps up next year, the retaining wall along the base of Troy Hill will boast something Pittsburgh hasn't ever seen.
Generally I am the type to gladly let your God go with you and leave it at that. Even so, having been raised by Born Again Christian Presbyterian parents who showed their devotion to the Lord partly by having 12 kids, my upbringing has given me a bit of a holier-than-thou attitude regarding Christian families. I wouldn’t blame it all on the parents, since I have chosen to be critical of those who claim to hold beliefs like “love your neighbor” and “pray [...]
Ultimately, it was Bishop David Zubik, who recently did what others could not and would not -- destroy the church of the first Croatian Roman Catholic parish in the United States despite its eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places and its designation as a City Historic Structure.
At first blush, the former St. Nicholas Church seemed to have a fatal flaw. Either it was blocking progress in the path of a widened Route 28 or it was marooned on the shoulder with no safe means of access. But a closer look reveals both popular impressions to be false.
I do understand the love and devotion that we have for our churches. I do understand the pain and profound sense of loss that is being felt by those who loved the old St. Nicholas Church building on East Ohio Street. But in recent years, a thought had kept me awake at night.
The demolished Allegheny Auto Body leaves St. Nicholas Church as the last structure standing along East Ohio St. on Pittsburgh's North Side. Demolition preparations are ongoing inside the church.