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St. Scholastica replaces slate roof nearly 100 years old

Tawnya Panizzi
| Thursday, July 12, 2018, 2:03 p.m.
Work is complete at the St. Scholastica Ministry Center in Aspinwall to replace a slate roof nearly 100 years old.
Work is complete at the St. Scholastica Ministry Center in Aspinwall to replace a slate roof nearly 100 years old.

A slate roof nearly 100 years old has been replaced at the St. Scholastica Ministry Center in Aspinwall.

“Contractors have completed and we’re just waiting for the final pieces of scaffolding and some ladders to be removed,” said the Rev. Jim Torquato, pastor.

Cost of the project was $66,000 and included a roof on the rectory garage.

Work was performed by Pittsburgh-based Welte Roofing.

Parishioners and passersby consider the building a neighborhood favorite, with its peaked roof and turret, Torquato said. Missing roof tiles had caused water damage to the building interior.

The building, a former parish convent, sits at Fourth Street and Maple Avenue. According to parish history books, it was built in the early 1920s. It is used for youth ministry and music offices, and also houses the parish library.

“We want it to have many more years of use and benefit for our local community,” Torquato said.

It is expected that all parish buildings will continue to be used following the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese mergers in 2021, he said.

St. Scholastica will consolidate with St. Joe’s in O’Hara, St. Pio in Blawnox and St. Juan Diego in Sharpsburg.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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