Demolition begins on St. Nicholas site

Jan 11, 2013 Full story: Pittsburgh Catholic

Demolition began Jan. 7 on the old St. Nicholas church building on East Ohio Street, Pittsburgh's North Side.

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The Thinker

Pittsburgh, PA

#1 Jan 11, 2013
Before demolition began, the parish should have safely remove antique stained glass windows, antique religious artifacts as statutes, the altar, crosses, antique doors, etc.
An Informed Comment

Pittsburgh, PA

#2 Jan 11, 2013
There are specific procedures involved with the decommissioning of a Catholic Church to remove it's sacred status prior to demolition. In the case of St. Nicholas Church on SR 28, that would be the Diocese of Pittsburgh, legal owner of the structure in question. I believe Bishop Zubik took the appropriate steps, as leader of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Amateur Historian

Pittsburgh, PA

#3 Jan 14, 2013
St Nick's church was a historical church that was added to the list of the city of Pittsburgh historical designations on July 13, 2001. The church was an official Pittsburgh historical site under the direction of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks foundation. Yet, with all that historical status, the church was not saved from demolition. In some cases, buildings with official historical status are taken part, removed from an area, and then reassembled using old and new parts in another area. Sadly, that was not the case in this instance. There is information on the church on Wikipedia.
Amateur Historian

Pittsburgh, PA

#4 Jan 14, 2013
An Informed Comment

Pittsburgh, PA

#5 Jan 14, 2013
Adding a structure to a list of historical structures- obviously- does not protect it from the lawful actions of it's owners. City of Pittsburgh historic designations are awarded following nominations for districts and individual structures that are reviewed and recommended to Pittsburgh City Council, which makes the final decision, by the city's Historic Review Commission and the City Planning Commission. This list is not to be confused with the list of landmarks designated by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation.

As for the PHLF, St. Nicholas Church was NOT "under the direction" of the PHLF. The PHLF is simply a nonprofit organization founded in 1964 to support the preservation of historic buildings and neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. It is not a governmental agency, and it's designation confers no special protections on a structure. Even the City's designation as a historical structure does not provide such protections, as was determined by a court of law.

You are, most certainly, an amateur.

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