A black grand piano waits for someone to accept its invitation to come and play in this beautiful old church, one that has been converted to a social hall and concert venue. A red sash highlights the bench and the soundboard shows gold inside the dark case. The other colors have been left to black and white in this modern day digital hand tint, and all that remains to bring them back to life is the imagination to play this piano. Oz awaits you.
This building is a Gothic architecture world that has high vaulted ceilings with arches and an elevated choir loft with large organ pipes behind. All the large German style stained glass windows are intact. Just as there is a grand beauty in this interior, the reverberation in this room for music is the same although it can’t be seen, only felt.
This old Catholic church building itself dates from 1908 and was originally a German immigrant parish in the Cambria City section of Johnstown, PA. There were once many Catholic churches in that one small section of the city, so in recent times of reduced population the diocese consolidated the parishes and sold the buildings, some of which were gathered up by a preservation society called The Steeples Project who now run this rental hall. For information about them and this very beautiful building, go to http://www.steeplesproject.org
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