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This image is from my Abandoned Pittsburgh photography project, documenting the Steel City's industrial past. Each print is signed, dated and identified on the back.

"German United Independent Evangelical Congregation: Cedar 1-1124" on wood (maple/birch composite), printed by ink sublimation. 11” width, 14" height. The natural tones and grain of the wood combine with the image to create a unique and durable work of art. Wood prints are 3/4” thick and arrive ready to hang without needing a frame; the backing keyhole allows the artwork to hang flat against the wall.

German settlers established the first church in Pittsburgh during the American Revolution. This early, independent church cherished religious freedom, welcomed diversity of opinion and respected individual’s convictions — a remarkable attitude of tolerance in 1782. As more immigrants moved to Pittsburgh, more churches were needed. A schism developed between local Lutheran and non-Lutheran adherents, but the two groups reunited in 1812 to form the German Evangelical Protestant Church, where all varieties of Christian thought were welcomed. Built in 1895 in Pittsburgh’s Spring Hill neighborhood, the Jesus Chapel of the German United Evangelical Independent Congregation held services in German until the 1930s. As membership dwindled to less than a dozen at the end of the last century, the European Renaissance-style building was sold and is now in ruins.

Telephone, Wood Print, Abandoned, Rust, Wall Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Church