This South Side church built for millworkers in 1905 could find new life as loft-style condominiums

A former Catholic church in the South Side, shuttered for a quarter-century after parishioners moved to the suburbs, could soon welcome residents inside its red brick walls with its conversion to loft-style condominiums.

Tom Sabol and Scott Wolkowitz with The AM Group in New York will ask the Zoning Board of Adjustment on Feb. 8 for a multifamily variance in the South Side Flats neighborhood zoned for single-family residences, to build six condos in St. Matthew Church.

“We’re hoping to breathe life into this beautiful structure with new residents and allow it to remain in the neighborhood,” says Sabol, who grew up in New Castle and landed in New York after obtaining his architectural engineering degree from Penn State. “We want to repurpose it and we want it to be a successful project, so we can do more in Pittsburgh. It’s exciting right now — there’s so much new industry and a lot of cool things.”

Kathy Wallace