Saturday, May 18, 2013

Saint Francis de Sales, McKees Rocks

Saint Francis de Sales is an Irish Catholic church built in 1899. It stands on Chartiers Avenue in McKees Rocks. It closed in 1993 and currently sits vacant and deteriorating. Read more here.


  1. Religions getz dé funkily cool architecture

  2. Denise SteffanusJuly 31, 2013

    This photo of DeSales was post sandblasting, which took place in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Previously, its exterior was black, like St. Mary's.

    I was only inside DeSales once. My parents were St. Mary's parishioners, and there was a fierce rivalry between parishes. The nuns would punish us if they found out we attended Mass at DeSales. I couldn't understand it then; now I realize it was collection-plate politics.

  3. That was my church at one point I also attended part of my high school time there. It was a beautiful church.

  4. Went to de Sales as a kid and attending McKees Rocks Catholic School when it was there. Great memories!

  5. the church was remodeled in was black cause it was dirty from the pollution in the air...left area in 1983...there is a great big world out there to be explored..
    have never looked back