Friends of Albright continues to lead efforts to preserve and repurpose the Albright United Methodist Church building as a center that will serve the larger Pittsburgh community. We are continuing to collaborate with several Pittsburgh organization on advocacy, fundraising and measures both inside and outside of the courts to ensure that the Albright church building endures. More updates to come.
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
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 (email@example.com; 412.471.5808 x527) or Calvary Episcopal Church (firstname.lastname@example.org; 412.661.0120, x110).
More on the Cram Jam and the work of Ralph Adams Cram:
On Sunday, July 26 we held a community block party on Graham Street in front of the church. Over a hundred and fifty people stopped by for some fellowship and fun. Pittsburgh Taco Truck and Caustelot Creamery Truck were there to provide lunch and sweet treats! Community members shared ideas on how the Albright Church can also be used as a community space in the neighborhood. Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse kept kids and adults busy making stained glass out of reused materials. It was great to have representatives from Thrival and SisterFriend on hand to talk about their organizations are serving the Pittsburgh community. Learn more at https://www.paydaynow.net/installment-loans/
The event was such a success we are already working on another community event for next month. Be sure to sign up for our email list to learn about future events.
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Last Saturday, a dedicated crew of Albright Church members and community volunteers spent the day trimming, clipping, carrying and cleaning up the front of the church. We even had people who were walking by stop and help with the clean up for a few hours.
Lots of neighbors stopped to ask about the church and to lend their support to keeping this building in the neighborhood. Here are some photos from the clean up:
We trimmed back the landscaping around the Graham St. door
Lots of leaves to move out of the entrance way.
Two generations of Albright members helped
Piles of landscaping debris and trash ready to be picked up