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St. George’s Convent, Allentown

St. George’s convent

German influence was strong in the German neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, and the particular German variant of Romanesque called the Rundbogenstil—round-arch style—can be discerned in many of our buildings. Few offer it in as ostentatiously German a form as this one, which was the convent for St. George’s parish school in Allentown. It seems to old Pa Pitt that the rhythm of the front is just about perfect, and the three elaborate double arches place the proper emphasis on the upstairs chapel.

The side was not really meant to be seen, so it is almost completely undecorated.


Addendum: The convent was built in about 1915; the architect was Herman J. Lang, who was also the architect of the church.

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