Saint Mary's Academy Building

The Saint Mary's Academy Building is a historic building in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Built in 1854, it is a notable example of Greek Revival architecture and one of the neighborhood's only surviving buildings dating to the pre-Civil War era.[2] It was the first structure built by St. Mary's parish, the first Catholic parish in Lawrenceville, and was originally used as both a church and school. In 1874, a new St. Mary's Church was built next door. St. Mary's merged with three other Lawrenceville parishes (Holy Family, St. Augustine, and St. John the Baptist) in 1993 to form the new Our Lady of Angels parish. The St. Mary church buildings remained in use for a few years but closed in 2004.[3]

Saint Mary's Academy Building
St. Mary's Academy Pittsburgh 2018.jpg
St. Mary's Academy in 2018
Saint Mary's Academy Building is located in Pittsburgh
Saint Mary's Academy Building
Location of the Saint Mary's Academy Building in Pittsburgh
Location340 46th St.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°28′12.15″N 79°57′18.7″W / 40.4700417°N 79.955194°W / 40.4700417; -79.955194Coordinates: 40°28′12.15″N 79°57′18.7″W / 40.4700417°N 79.955194°W / 40.4700417; -79.955194
Part ofLawrenceville Historic District (ID100004020)
Significant dates
Designated CPJuly 8, 2019
Designated CPHDDecember 30, 2008[1]

In 2007, the property was sold to the Catholic Cemeteries Association, which administers the adjacent St. Mary Cemetery. The association planned to raze the Academy building to provide more room for burials, but the building was nominated as a Pittsburgh historic landmark to protect it from demolition.[2] The building was given landmark status on December 30, 2008.[1] It remains vacant as of 2018.


  1. ^ a b "Local Historic Designations". Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
  2. ^ a b Paul, Jenny (August 6, 2008). "Architect hopes to save former St. Mary's in Lawrenceville". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Saint Mary (46th Street) (Lawrenceville)". Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. Retrieved May 10, 2018.