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John T. Comès

(1873-1922)

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, January 27, 2013
1. John T. Comès Marker
Immediately after its unveiling.
Inscription. A nationally influential church architect and a prolific writer and lecturer. Comès was recognized for his philosophy regarding design and decoration of Catholic churches. A Pittsburgh resident, his commissions, including Saint Agnes here, are located in Pennsylvania and other states.
 
Erected 2013 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 26.27′ N, 79° 57.894′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker is at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Robinson Street, on the right when traveling west on Fifth Avenue. Touch for map. Located to the left of the steps to the main entrance of St. Agnes Center of Carlow University. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15213, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Salk Polio Vaccine (approx. 0.4 miles away); Open Hearth Steel (approx. 0.6 miles away); Frank E. Bolden (approx. 0.6 miles away); The MonCon Railroad (approx. 0.6 miles away); Robert Lee Vann (approx. 0.6 miles away); Materials Handling (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hazelwood: A Rivertown Rich in History (approx. 0.7 miles away); Forbes Field (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsburgh.
 
More about this marker.
John T. Comès Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, January 27, 2013
2. John T. Comès Marker
To the right of the main entrance to St. Agnes Center.
This marker placed here for its visibility to passing traffic. The former Saint Agnes Roman Catholic Church is a fine example of the design philosophy and architectural style of this Pittsburgh architect
 
Regarding John T. Comès. During the first two decades of the twentieth century, John T. Comès was Pittsburgh’s most active and prominent ecclesiastical architect. He was Roman Catholic and his commissions stemmed largely from that religious body. Five styles suited Comѐs—Italianate or Italian Renaissance Revival, Romanesque Revival, English Gothic Revival, Spanish Renaissance Revival, and Lombardy (a form of Romanesque Revival). He left behind a sizable legacy in church architecture design and decoration. To learn more, visit www.johntcomes.com
 
Also see . . .
1. Church architect who made his mark gets own marker. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article printed on January 23, 2013 (Submitted on January 26, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

2. Carlow University. (Submitted on January 27, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
3. John Theodore Comes at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on February 20, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Additional comments.
1. The John T. Comès marker dedication
On January 27, 2013, I
John T. Comès Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, January 27, 2013
3. John T. Comès Marker
Surrounded by descendents of John Comès after the unveiling.
attended the dedication ceremony of the John T. Comès Historical Marker at St. Agnes Center of Carlow University (formerly St. Agnes Church) in Pittsburgh's Oakland Section. Being January in Pittsburgh, most of the dedication ceremony was held inside St. Agnes Center, except for the unveiling which took place outside. An invocation was said by Father James Garvey, former pastor of Ephiphany Roman Catholic Church in uptown Pittsburgh. A welcome from Carlow University President Dr. Mary Hines. Acknowledgements by Mr. David McMunn, the historical marker sponsor and fundraiser. A proclamation by Pittsburgh's Mayor Hon. Luke Ravenstahl stating that Tuesday January 29, 2013 will be known as John T. Comès day in the City of Pittsburgh, the anniversary of Mr. Comès' birthday. Architectural viewpoints by Mr. Albert Tannler and Mr. Kevin Scott, AIA. Descendents of John Comès were also in attendance and assisted in the unveiling of the marker.
    — Submitted January 27, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 
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John T. Comès Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, January 27, 2013
4. John T. Comès Marker
Being uncovered by City of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Senator John Heinz History Center President and CEO Mr. Andrew Masich
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 721 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on September 6, 2016, by David R. McMunn of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 27, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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