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"Historic First Lutheran Church" Top 5 Page for this destination Pittsburgh Off The Beaten Path Tip by Ewingjr98

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Historic First Lutheran Church was founding in 1837 as the First English-speaking Lutheran church west of the Alleghenies. The original church structure was constructed in 1840 nearby at 7th avenue and Montour Way. The present church building was dedicated in 1888 on Grant Street.

The church pulpit dates from the 1890s, the marble baptismal font from 1889, a mosaic of Christ's birth from 1897, and the pair of gas candelabras from the 1890s. One of the stained glass windows was created by the Tiffany Studios in 1898.

The church's exterior, built at the same time as the Allegheny County Courthouse, has similar features as the courthouse with rustic stonework, tall gabled roofs and a 170 foot spire.

The church is most amazing because it sits surrounded by towering skyscrapers, and has managed to remain virtually unchanged. The front of the outside of the building has a plaque denoting the historical significance of this structure.

othercontact: 615 Grant Street, Pittsburgh
Phone: (412) 471-8125

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  • Updated Jun 17, 2009
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