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Heinz Memorial Chapel, Pittsburgh

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4.6/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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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  • More of the gothic stone architecture from the Pittsburgh barons of industry. I have been to quite a few local weddings and concerts here and it does take you back in time. 
  • I have never traveled to Europe but have seen numerous pictures of the interiors of many of the most famous Gothic cathedrals. That was the first thing I thought as I walked into Heinz Memorial Chapel...  read more »
  • This is a very impressive chapel from an architecture standpoint. I believe it is Gothic style and the workmanship in the stone and wood carvings is second to none. It also has an impressive pipe orga...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Quite a small chapel on University of Pittsburgh's main campus. Still it's really quite peaceful inside. There are a number of rows of seating along with a huge organ inside. The architecture in this place is really something though ... not something you see very often these days anymore
  • I was here for a wedding. Very nice chapel, great service and friendly service. Highly recommended.
  • Beautiful old gothic chapel
  • On a sunny day the interior is absolutely stunning.
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