Living Word Ministry, Pittsburgh, PA

As a brief aside, I would like to note that there is not a lot of information out there on modern buildings in Pittsburgh, either major or minor works. Hopefully this will change soon. With the demolition of the famed Civic Arena aka “The Igloo”, money was set aside to document and publish a book on modern architecture in Pittsburgh, which is currently in the works.

The building featured above is an engaging religious structure, of which Pittsburgh has quite a few. It was built in 1963 as the First Christian Church. It sits on Ridge Avenue at the edge of Allegheny Commons West Park and within the urban renewal zone of Allegheny Center, an area that was largely demolished in the 1950s and 60s.

The design of the church somewhat evokes Frank Lloyd Wright with its beige coloring, vertical decorative window screens and clerestory windows under the eaves. The zig-zag roofline is an oft-seen mid-century design although not typical in Pittsburgh. It continues around the entire building. Looking at the front facade detail below, one can also see original lighting fixtures lining the way to the recessed entrance.

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