Resurrection School
Last Days of the Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection - Spring 2015

Here are some photos from September 2020 showing the condition of the Resurrection Activities Center/Middle School prior to the planned demolition of the building.

Resurrection School opened in 1912. The original structure was enlarged three times as the student population increased. The first section of the adjacent middle school, with six classrooms, was built in 1957. The Activities Center followed in 1964/65.

The Activities Center contained seven classrooms, a meeting and banquet hall (The Garden Room), a library, a large garage and an gym/auditorium with boys and girls locker room facilities. For over three decades the Activities Center/Middle School building was alive with activity. However, due to declining enrollment, the school closed in 1996.

Resurrection Activities September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020
The first middle school addition in September 1957 (left) and the rear of the Activities Center in September 1965.

1957 Dedication Bulletin       1965 Dedication Booklet

Since then the facility has been used for a variety of reasons, mostly religious education (CCD) classes, pre-school programs, the yearly lenten fish fries and the popular July Fun Flair. The final summer festival on the school grounds was held in 2016. Since then the building has stood abandoned, suffering the ravages of time and weather without funding for proper upkeep.

In June 2020 an announcement was made that the plans for the demolition of the Activities Center/Middle School building were under way, with the added space being used for much needed additional parking. As a former student (Class of 1975) it was somewhat heartbreaking walking through the vacant halls. Many memories came flooding back, but were tempered by the constantly dripping water and the stagnant smell of mold, especially upstairs.

With that in mind, we grabbed a few small souvenirs. My grab bag included a vintage classroom clock that now hangs in my office at work, a holy water container from the library wall that now rests on my living room wall, a pencil sharpener from my 8th grade homeroom and a gymnasium rules placard that now serves the same purpose at the West Penn Recreation Center in Polish Hill.

Resurrection School Holy Water container
salvaged from the old middle school - 2020.    Resurrection gymnasium rules signage.    Resurrection gymnasium rules signage.

Others went a bit further with the preservation of iconic Ressi Raider souvenirs. In October, a group of Ressi alumni led by Doug Brendel managed to secure the center section of the gymnasium floor, with the Ressi Raider logo. Harry Patterson had the honor of making the precise cut and the floor boards were taken into storage by Fred Hartman, whose father Ben was a long-time Raider basketball coach.

Saving the Resurrection gym floor from demolition

Saving the Resurrection gym floor from demolition.   Saving the Resurrection gym floor from demolition.   Saving the Resurrection gym floor from demolition.

Demolition of the building began in mid-December and was completed on March 5, 2021.
Plenty of work remained, but on that date the final wall crumbled to the ground.

♦ Photos of the Middle School Building and Gymnasium Demolition ♦
(December 2020 - March 2021)

Click on images below for larger pictures




The Activities Center From The Inside

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020




The Activities Center From The Outside

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activitie Center -s September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020




Views From The Classrooms

Resurrection Church was built on the highest land in Brookline. The upper classrooms of the Middle School/Activities Center building offered students fantastic views from the southwest to the north, depending your location. In the distance one could see Toner Institute, Brookline School, Brookline Boulevard, the Trimont Tower along Mount Washington's Grandview Avenue, and the tops of the BNY Mellon and the UPMC skyscrapers in downtown Pittsburgh.

It's easy to see how a window seat in class could cause one to stare into the distance and daydream the afternoon away ... that is until the Sister of Charity quietly strolled over and cracked her pointing stick smartly on your desk!

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020

Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020    Resurrection Activities Center - September 2020




1957 Dedication Bulletin for Middle School and Convent

Resurrection Middle School Dedication Booklet - 1957    Resurrection Middle School Dedication Booklet - 1957

Resurrection Middle School Dedication Booklet - 1957    Resurrection Middle School Dedication Booklet - 1957




1965 Dedication Booklet for Activities Center

Resurrection Middle School Dedication Booklet - 1965    Resurrection Middle School Dedication Booklet - 1965

Resurrection Middle School Dedication Booklet - 1965    Resurrection Middle School Dedication Booklet - 1965

Resurrection Middle School Dedication Booklet - 1965    Resurrection Middle School Dedication Booklet - 1965

Resurrection Middle School Dedication Booklet - 1965    Resurrection Middle School Dedication Booklet - 1965

Resurrection Middle School Dedication Booklet - 1965    Resurrection Middle School Dedication Booklet - 1965

Resurrection Middle School Dedication Booklet - 1965    Resurrection Middle School Dedication Booklet - 1965

* Photos provided by Doug Brendel and Clint Burton - Booklets from the Resurrection Archives *

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