A candlelit vigil and prayer service was held at the site of the former St. Nick’s Croatian Catholic church along Route 28 in Troy Hill Dec. 7.
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Rain fell on the site of the former St. Nicholas R.C. Croatian Church along Route 28 in Troy Hill during the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Dedication June 20 as if the Heavens too mourned the loss of America’s first Croatian Catholic congregation.
Officials and parishioners who fought for years to preserve St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church along Route 28 in Troy Hill gathered Saturday for a bittersweet ceremony dedicating a memorial wall where the church once stood.
At the site of the former St. Nicholas Church on Route 28 in Troy Hill, a marker and plaza featuring the history and heritage of the church and its Croatian neighborhood will officially open with a public ceremony.
After four years, construction on Route 28 is ending with an artistic flourish. Workers as of last week had completed installation of four of six art panels on a retaining wall, depicting the rich history of the area. The images were drawn from a time before motor vehicles became the dominant feature of the corridor.
St. Nicholas Church is gone, but the landmark building along Route 28 will be commemorated with one of 21 new state historical markers. The marker will become part of a memorial plaza that will pay tribute to the Croatian community that developed on Pittsburgh's North Side starting in the 1890s.