Saturday, November 8, 2008

Diocese to sell roomy Shadyside mansion

I found this rather inspiring. It looks like Bishop Zubik understands the simplicty of the faith. From the front page of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will sell a Shadyside mansion that housed five of its leaders.

The diocese has begun storing the contents of the 24-room home, which overlooks the 5000 block of Fifth Avenue.

"We're definitely going to sell it," said diocesan spokesman the Rev. Ron Lengwin. The clearing of the contents is the first step in the process. A real estate agent has not been hired.

The sale of the property -- donated to the diocese in 1949 by David I.B. McCahill -- was made possible by Bishop David A. Zubik's decision to live elsewhere. Zubik, who was installed last year, chose to live in St. Paul's Seminary.

Cardinals John Dearden, John Wright and Anthony Bevilacqua and Bishops Vincent M. Leonard and Donald Wuerl lived in the red brick home with stone trim and a stone fountain. Its Jacobethan Revival architecture has a gabled roof and a symmetrical facade with bay windows. The arched entranceway has a double glass door with decorative wrought iron over glass.

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