Heinz Memorial Chapel, Pittsburgh

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Heinz Memorial Chapel is a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmark and a contributing property to the Schenley Farms National Historic District on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.HistoryThe chapel was a gift of German-American Henry John Heinz, founder of the H.J. Heinz Company, who wanted to honor his mother, Anna Margaretta Heinz, with a building at the university. Upon his death in 1919, Heinz’s three surviving children (Howard, Irene, and Clifford) added to his bequest in order to memorialize their grandmother and honor their father. Their choice of a chapel for a memorial was guided by the concepts of education and religion which Anna Margaretta Heinz imbued in her children.Howard Heinz, Chancellor John Gabbert Bowman, and Joh Weber, business manager and university secretary, were the driving energy behind the chapel’s concept and execution. Working with them were other members of the Heinz family, and two well-known clergymen, Dr. Hugh Thomson Kerr, pastor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, and Dr. Henry Sloane Coffin, president of Union Theological Seminary.
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  • September 13, 2017
    Spend a full day in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh and include this early morning, then visit the Cathedral of Learning and its Nationality Rooms. Have lunch on Craig Street and spend the afternoon in...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    This is one of my favorite places on the Pitt Campus. It is so peaceful and beautiful inside. It is non denominational. We just happened to wander in and there was a group of vocalists singing there a...  more »
  • August 30, 2017
    Imagine the Heinz family financing the building of this wonderful cathedral as a gift to Pittsburgh. It reminded me of a gothic cathedral in Europe and is bigger than it seems from outside. The detail...  more »
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  • April 19, 2017
    If you want a cool experience, ask the docent to hear the organ. They have a special program that will play the organ even if there isn't an organist. Definitely something you must do if you visit the chapel.
  • April 3, 2017
    Absolutely gorgeous architecture. The docent was very pleasant and helpful. Great place for photographers novice to professional to hone their skills or develop a new one.
  • February 16, 2017
    Beautiful church! I attended a concert here recently. The choir was great!
  • January 23, 2017
    Beautiful place with stained glass windows showing images of leaders such as George Washington, Mozart, Shakespeare, Newton, and Jesus. It also offers free classical concerts!
  • August 4, 2016
    Went for a wedding. Beautiful church inside and out. The upgraded audio and air conditioning are welcome add-ons to the stories I had heard about weddings there in prior years. We were quite comfortable throughout and had no issues during the ceremony.

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