The St. Mary’s Chapel, located in Lafferty, Ohio, was granted the Honor Award for Architecture at this year’s Design Pittsburgh Awards. Midland Architecture, a Pittsburgh firm co-owned by Flushing native, Greg Dutton, is responsible for the design and accepted the honor at the ceremony held in downtown Pittsburgh on Oct. 19.
Hosted by AIA Pittsburgh, the annual event recognizes great architecture and design in the Pittsburgh region. A jury from outside of Pittsburgh is convened to anonymously judge submissions in a variety of categories from sustainable design to historic preservation – with the high award being that of Architecture. This year’s jury, comprised of three celebrated, Chicago-area architects, commented that the chapel "is welcoming, exactly what a meeting place like this should be. It’s also a nice place just to be private, contemplative. It feels very local, to the site and of the community. The materials are beautiful and the craftsmanship really stands out."
The chapel was selected from a group of over 100 submitted works including projects for Carnegie Mellon University, The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and Uber. Built of limestone, cedar shingles and an interior oak timber frame, the design sought to address a desired timelessness, both of form and longevity, through the use of locally-sourced, low-maintenance materials and construction. By creating a gathering and worship space within the town’s cemetery, the chapel can additionally function as a memorial space.
In speaking on the work, Dutton added, "I spent a lot of my childhood in Lafferty. It’s where my dad taught my brothers and I how to farm. It’s where I learned to play baseball. I wanted to build something that reflects how much the community means to me. It’s really exciting to have what we and the community created together get recognized with such a high award."
Dutton has designed a variety of projects throughout the Ohio Valley including the Pike 40 restaurant in Morristown, Ohio, along with numerous residences.
The St. Mary’s Chapel is located at Gate of Heaven, St. Mary’s Cemetery, 70230 Church St., and can be viewed weekly from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.