Pittsburgh: Holy Trinity

McKeesport’s Holy Trinity Roman Catholic was abandoned in 1970 when its replacement was built in Robinson Township.  Nearly half a century of Pennsylvania winters have softened the wooden floors, rotting holes into the left and right sides of the sanctuary and balcony, while the ornate ceiling falls in pieces to cause further damage.  Its gorgeous Gothic Revival architecture and still brightly colored murals are hard to resist, but Holy Trinity is much further gone, and therefore more dangerous, than many of the other multistory buildings we visit in our travels. [ x ]

5 thoughts on “Pittsburgh: Holy Trinity

  1. Your posts always amaze me. In some ways I am envious of these photo opportunities you have but then I remember that these ‘opportunities’ only exist because of a failure in society and that people’s lives have probably been ruined in the making of these sites. Your images document very well that life as many of us know it is tenuous and can fall into a pit so very easily

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    1. Thank you so much. It does get pretty heart-wrenching sometimes when you know the building’s story, especially when a community goes out of their way to memorialize it, like at Edison Middle School in Gary. I hope it doesn’t sound selfish, but being out there helps me put my own problems in perspective and look at things in my life differently.

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  2. It is both a wonderful and sad thing to see such a beautiful building in ruin. Artistically it is haunting, but logically, it pulls at your strings to know that this building wasted away.

    Thank you for sharing.
    – Nelle

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  3. This is Holy Trinity Church in Duquesne that was ultimately abandoned when the parish moved and built a new church in West Mifflin, not the Holy Trinity in McKeesport. And the one in Robinson is in no way affiliated with any of the other Holy Trinity Churches. All three are completely different Holy Trinity Parishes. Just thought you should know. Thanks for posting such incredible photograghs.

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    1. Ah, thank you! I appreciate it. I do plan to rewrite this now that it’s been torn down, and I’ll definitely include this info as well as photos of the parish house next door, which was very interesting as well. If you happen to have any other tidbits of its history, I would love to include as much as possible. 🙂


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