South Side's St. Casimir Church transformed into heavenly condos

As parishes and congregations shrink, many century-old churches have ended up in the hands of developers. That’s not always a blessing, as church conversions are a tricky business. But the former St. Casimir Catholic Church on the South Side is definitely a triumph for good (design).

St. Casimir, the first Lithuanian parish in the Pittsburgh Diocese, was finished in 1902. The Baroque Revival-style church boasts ornate moldings, large pillars, a breathtaking domed ceiling and gorgeous stained-glass windows.

Now called the 22nd Street Condos, the 12 units developed by Ivor Hill feature many of the original architectural details set against bright white walls and modern conveniences. Four of the 12 condos are still available for prices ranging from $594,000 for a two-bedroom, two-bath, 2,027-square-foot unit to $697,000 for a two-bedroom, 2½-bath dwelling with 2,474 square feet. The condos at 2132 Sarah St. are open by appointment with Laura Kingsbury of the Kathy Wallace Team at Keller Williams Realty (www.kw.com or 412-855-8419).

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Facebook taking big office lease in Strip District

The new office project District 15 nearing completion along Smallman Street within the Riverfront Landing master plan in the Strip District. Facebook has confirmed leasing space in the building and sources indicate the social media company is taking all 105,000 square feet of the new building, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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Here’s what you can buy for $350,000 in Pittsburgh

Neighborhood2131 Sarah St., Unit 202, South Side

Asking price: $365,000

Style: Condo

Description: This two-bedroom, two-bath, lower-level unit is in the new 22nd Street Residences, the former St. Casimir Church transformed into 12 luxury condominiums. Construction is targeted for completion in spring 2018. The living quarters have high ceilings, large open rooms, preserved historic architecture, and customized interior finishes, says Kathy Wallace with Keller Williams Realty. Amenities include a fitness center, underground parking, an on-site furnished guest suite/common area, a pet washing facility and indoor bicycle storage.

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