When I was a sophomore living on Craig Street, I would often pass St. Paul’s Cathedral and its perfectly landscaped surroundings. Every Sunday I would watch as crowds of people left the prominent, wooden doors and exited on to Fifth Avenue while I would walk to the library.
The cathedral was created in decorated Gothic style of the 14th Century, designed by Egan and Prindeville of Chicago and built by Thomas Reily. The building stands at 247 feet tall with a statue of St. Paul mounted on a center pediment. Other exterior statues depict apostles and evangelists.
Hayley Pontia is a student at The University of Pittsburgh who works as a part-time freelancer for Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Through this blog series, she will share her unique perspective on our historic building and the surrounding architecture of nearby buildings in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh.