Over the past two centuries, Pittsburgh’s beautiful churches have made significant contributions to the city’s architectural character and quality of life. Great neighborhoods across the country, as in Pittsburgh, grew up around active churches. However, over the past few decades, many of our nation’s once-thriving churches have declined or even been shuttered. While the question of church health is undoubtedly complicated, the story of two Pittsburgh churches may provide some clues as to the connection between neighborhood context and congregation vitality.
Eric R. Osth, AIA, LEED AP is a principal and the architecture studio director at Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a member of the Congress of New Urbanism and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America and a member of the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.