Petition In Support of Historic Designation for Albright Church Building

Pittsburgh City Council

UPDATE (July 2016): City Council has scheduled a hearing on the historic designation of the Albright Church Building for Monday, July 25, 2016 at 2pm in City Council Chambers.

More information about attending the hearing, t-shirts, and other ways to help is available here.

UPDATE (April 2016): On Wednesday, March 2, the Historic Review Commission of the City of Pittsburgh voted to recommend historic designation for the Albright church building. The next step is that the proposed designation will go before the City of Pittsburgh planning commission in May, 2016.

Here is the article from the Post-Gazette on the March hearing (it was not published online):

UPDATE (2/5/2016): On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 the City of Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission voted to move the historic nomination forward. There will be a public hearing for the historic designation at the next Historic Review Commission Meeting on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

Post-Gazette article on the HRC’s decision at the February meeting: “Preservation fight begins for Albright United Methodist Church in Bloomfield

The public is encouraged to attend the Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. RSVP & share the Facebook event for the hearing.

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 the City of Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission will review the historic nomination of the Albright United Methodist Church building which is located at 486 S. Graham Street (the corner of Centre Ave & S. Graham).

Please show your support for the historic designation of this building by adding your name to this petition.

Some of the key points of historic significance are included below. You can read more about the history of the Albright United Methodist church building here.

Petition by
Albright PGH
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

To: Pittsburgh City Council
From: [Your Name]

We, the undersigned, support the historic designation of the Albright United Methodist Church building located at 486 S Graham St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.

This building is an important asset for the city of Pittsburgh for the following reasons:

--> Built in 1906 as the Zion Church of Pittsburgh of the Evangelical Association, as the new location for the congregation that was moving from Downtown to the East End.

--> This building is an exceptional example of the Historicist/Eclectic Period of architectural design in the United States and Pittsburgh.

--> It is representative of the late 19th and early 20th century popularity of the Richardson Romanesque style in Pittsburgh.

--> The 39 stained glass windows in the church are the largest, still intact, collection of stained glass created by the S.S. Marshall Company which was located on the N. Side
This building is one of the few remaining intact buildings by architect Chancey W. Hodgdon, who designed many buildings in the Pittsburgh area from 1889-1925.