priory and grand hall

Built in 1854, what is now the Grand Hall used to be St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, a hub for the German, Swiss and Austrian communities. Interesting tidbit: the church was created without windows because of ‘the constant vandalism of virulent anti-Catholic partisans during the ascendancy of the Know-Nothing party.’ (Thank Professor Franklin Toker and his wonderful book, Pittsburgh: A New Portrait)

The Grand Hall was restored in 1995 and now houses banquets and weddings and fancy things like that. The adjacent Priory, is now the Priory Hotel, and that is fancy as well.

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