Father Pitt

Why should the beautiful die?

St. Mary Magdalene Church, Homestead

St. Mary Magdalene Church, Homestead

This glorious Romanesque church was closed in 2009, but it was taken over by a community education organization called Dragon’s Den, which has kept it up beautifully, and in the well-preserved interior has added “a state-of-the-art two-level challenge course, climbing wall, and a 160-foot zip line that connects the choir loft to the former altar.” Now you know what to do with a big vacant church.

Addendum: The architect was Frederick Sauer, who gave us a number of fine churches and the whimsical Sauer Buildings in Aspinwall.(1)


The rectory is overshadowed by the magnificent church, but it is certainly a striking design in its own right.


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