Priory July Wine Party
19
Jul

Join wine host Cory Hart of Winebow for a an evening of great wine and food. Wines will be paired with small plates courtesy of Priory chefs Pete Phillipy and ...

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Priory August Party - South Africa
16
Aug

Join wine host Deb Mortillaro of Dreadnought Wines & Spirits for a an evening of great wine and food featuring wines from South Africa. Wines will be paired ...

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Priory Hotel Outscores the Fairmont Pittsburgh
Friday, April 20, 2018

According to Tripexpert.com:  "The Priory Hotel and Fairmont Pittsburgh are both highly rated by professionals.  Overall, the Priory Hotel scores significantly better than Fairmont Pittsburgh."  

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Priory Fine Pastries Named No. 4 for Coffee on Pittsburgh's North Side
Thursday, October 05, 2017

Not bad for a bakery that happens to serve coffee -- Priory Fine Pastries, Priory Hospitality Groups pastry arm -- was named by the North Side Chronicle as the fourth best coffee shop on the North Side.  ...

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The History of the Priory Hotel


Exterior of what is now The Grand Hall

In the Path of Progress

In the early 1970’s, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that the route of the long-planned Interstate 279 feeder highway (from downtown Pittsburgh to the northern suburbs) would wind directly through the location of the St. Mary’s Church and Priory (not to mention the school and Lyceum, which were located across Nash Street and which were eventually demolished).

After exhaustive negotiations between the diocese and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and despite St. Mary’s rich history and historic landmark status, it was agreed that the state would pay $1,294,000 for the church and adjacent building, including the priory.

This left the parish in an uncertain state for nearly a decade.  It continued to occupy the priory building and church as a tenant, but the flock dwindled for the doomed church.  Toward the end, there were only two priests left to occupy the massive priory and the majority of parishioners were single retirees – widows and widowers


The Priory Courtyard

The coup de grace came eight years after the state took control of the property.  On August 31, 1981, Bishop Vincent M. Leonard issued a decree of suppression of St. Mary’s Church.  Four weeks later, on Sunday, September 27, 1981, Father Bede Hasso walked into the first full house the church had seen in years and offered St. Mary’s final mass.  The following day the parish, with the remainder of its fold being absorbed into Our Lady Queen of Peace parish, closed forever.

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