Huge 9'3" Iron Celtic Cross, St. Michael's Catholic Church Pittsburgh PA Salvage



This 9 foot tall iron cross was salvaged from atop the roof of an 1800's Romaneque Revival Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. St. Michael's Catholic Church, once the heartbeat of the South Side Slopes neighborhood of Pittsburgh, had suffered declining membership and economic difficulties in its final years. It was eventually abandoned and deteriorated to the extent that demolition became necessary. Our team was able to salvage some of the most beautiful architectural elements from this centuries-old house of worship.

With the help of safety harnesses, a crane and some prayers, our team was able to scale the roof of the church to carefully salvage this beautiful, hand-wrought, 9 foot Celtic cross. The cross is made of sturdy iron beams, supported by a scrolled iron frame base. A beautiful nimbus ring and trefoil ornamentation add to the classic design dating back to the Early Middle Ages.

History: This Iron Cross was salvaged from the circa 1900 St. Michael's Catholic School, Pittsburgh, PA. The school was featured in season six, episode one of the DiY network show "Salvage Dawgs".

Weight: 307 lbs.,
Measurements: 111H x 42D x 35W

History of the church: Saint Michael's Roman Catholic Church & Rectory is a former Roman Catholic church in the South Side Slopes neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The church was built from 1855 to 1861 and designed in Romanesque Revival style by architect Charles Bartberger (1824–1896). Both the church and the rectory were added to the List of City of Pittsburgh historic designations on February 23, 2001, and the church was added to the List of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmarks in 1970.

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