Route 28 Murals Update

To follow up on the progress of the St. Nicholas Memorial, click here to view an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the murals along the sidewalk trail which will lead to to the St. Nicholas Memorial Seating area. One of the photographs shows a crew working on the St. Nicholas mural. More details will be given at the December 6 St. Nicholas Day Banquet by Dan Cessna of PennDOT who is the director of the Rt. 28/East Ohio [...]

Construction Status Update of Former St. Nicholas Church N.S. site

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is currently in the process of completing the final phase of the Route 28/East Ohio Street reconstruction. Work will conclude by the end of this 2014 construction season, sometime by November or December. The sidewalk trail and memorial to St. Nicholas N.S. is currently on schedule to be completed by then.

Route 28 retaining wall to bear artistic flair

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.

PCHF Photo Gallery Update

Many additional photographs have been added to the PCHF website. Please click here or on the Gallery tab to view a variety of historical photographs of St. Nicholas N.S. The gallery has been updated with numerous interior and exterior photographs of St. Nicholas N.S., the Grotto, former Convent and St. Nicholas school, as well as an extensive series of demolition photographs from 2013.

Tenebrae Service of Darkness

To St. Nicholas Supporters and Friends, The solemn, holy and traditional Lenten Service, Tenebrae Service of Darkness, once held at St. Nicholas Church, N.S. will be presented at Most Holy Name of Jesus Church (Troy Hill, Pittsburgh) on Monday, April 7, 2014, at 7 PM by former choir members of St. Nicholas and Choir Director, Carol Spehar. This service focuses on seven episodes in the Passion and Death of Our Lord. Each section consists of a reading, a choral meditation and a responsive reading. Please join us as [...]

Faith low for future of land

Let's say for a moment that you owned a house — the biggest and arguably once the nicest one in your neighborhood. It's on a prime piece of real estate. Your neighbors think it's beautiful. It's been standing for more than 100 years...

St. Nicholas Church site to get historical marker

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.

PA Historical Marker Approved for St. Nicholas Croatian Church, N.S.

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 [...]

Historical Marker Going In At Site of Old St. Nicholas Church

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...