Cram Jam: PHLF Tour of 3 Churches on Saturday, April 16

Albright was designed by the architect Chancey W. Hodgden, however many of the other churches in Pittsburgh’s East End were designed by architect Ralph Adams Cram.

This weekend, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Association is hosting Cram Jam a Saturday afternoon tour of three of the churches designed by Cram.


Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation—in conjunction with ELPC, St. Charles Lawanga Parish at Holy Rosary Church, and Calvary Episcopal Church—invites the public to participate in Cram Jam. The free event offers tours of three area churches designed by renowned architect Ralph Adams Cram. Explore and experience their remarkable beauty.

Church docents and PHLF staff will provide information and lead tours at each site. Within breathtaking architectural spaces, participants will see remarkable sculpture, stained glass, and woodwork by exceptional American craftsmen and artists. Please arrive at each church as follows:

  • 1 pm: St. Charles Lawanga Parish at Holy Rosary Church (1926–31), 7114 Kelly Street in Homewood
  • 2 pm: East Liberty Presbyterian Church (1930–35), 116 South Highland Avenue in East Liberty
  • 3:30 pm: Calvary Episcopal Church (1905–07), 315 Shady Avenue in Shadyside. Here, Philip Maye, chair of the Calvary Architectural History Committee, will unveil an interpretive plaque honoring architect Ralph Adams Cram; Al Tannler, PHLF’s historical collections director, will give brief comments about the architect; and Dr. Alan Lewis, organist, will perform the Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, by J. S. Bach. A wine-and-cheese reception will follow in the Parish Hall, concluding at 5:30 pm.

Participants must provide their own transportation (car, bus, bike) to each church. Each location is accessible by bus; call the Port Authority at 412.442.2000 for details. Reservations are appreciated by April 14. Contact either PHLF (marylu@phlf.org; 412.471.5808 x527) or Calvary Episcopal Church (lwells@calvarypgh.org; 412.661.0120, x110).

More on the Cram Jam and the work of Ralph Adams Cram:


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