Pittsburgh Fights Order To Raze Historic Church

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The city of Pittsburgh plans to fight a court order that would allow a Catholic parish to demolish a 110-year-old church which the city considers historic.

A city attorney says a county judge's order that would let St. Nicholas Parish demolish the building will be appealed.

The Diocese of Pittsburgh and the parish, which now meets in another building, say the old church closed in 2004 and costs too much to maintain. The city's Historic Review Commission wants the building preserved because it's believed to be the first Croatian Catholic church in the United States. Church officials say the building is unstable and unsafe.

But the city wants a local civic group to buy the church for $1 to turn it into a museum on immigration.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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