Designing In God’s Name: Architect Carlton Strong
By Kathleen M. Washy, Gathered Fragments 2016
At the time, Strong was working on the design of Sacred Heart Church in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. With the intent to study the “world’s finest church edifices,” Strong had travelled to Europe the previous fall in the company of Father Thomas Coakley, George Sotter, Patrick F. Gallagher, and Michael F. McNulty – Sacred Heart’s pastor, stained glass designer, general contractor, and church committee member. Together, these five men were the public face of the planning for a new church but out of all of them, it was the architect, Carlton Strong, with the final vision as he reportedly had an entirely free hand in the design of the church. Considered a historic site today, Sacred Heart was the pinnacle of Strong’s career, which was formed from a lifetime of liturgical, ecclesiastical, and architectural studies.
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