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Why should the beautiful die?

First Presbyterian Church

Composite picture, about 36 megapixels.

This splendid Gothic church sits on Sixth Avenue right next to Trinity Cathedral (Anglican/Episcopal) and right across from the Duquesne Club, forming a perfect triangle of old money. The architect was Theophilus P. Chandler, Jr., who also designed Third Presbyterian in Shadyside and the Duncan mausoleum in the Union Dale Cemetery.

An interesting feature of the front is the outdoor pulpit, perfectly positioned for thundering denunciations at the rich robber barons coming out of the Duquesne Club. But that never happens.

Camera: Olympus E-20n.

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0 responses to “First Presbyterian Church”

  1. I believe that outdoor pulpit is known as a “Geneva Pulpit” in reference to John Calvin’s outdoor sermons there. Particularly relevant for what’s become a very fundamentalist congregation.

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