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|Medina Sandstone Society
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Medina sandstone sidewalk in front of the Williams-Pratt Mansion on Delaware Avenue
St. Louis RC Church on Main St. in downtown Buffalo
One of Buffalo's best known landmarks: the 72-foot-tall St. Louis RC Church pierced spire, perhaps the only remaining pierced spire in the U.S.
Atwater House (DEMOLISHED)
H.H. Little House
Fred Eberhardt House
Connecticut Street Armory
Lafayette Presbyterian Church
James B. Craven/Charles K. Bassett House
Trinity Episcopal Church
Sidewalk: 51 Symphony Circle
- Medina: a town in western New York, about --- miles from Buffalo. Quarries are no longer operational.
- Sandstone: a sedimentary rock formed by the consolidation and compaction of sand and held together by a natural cement, such as silica.
- Red - Grimsby sandstone
- White - Whirlpool sandstone. Relatively little and below the Grimsby
- Although harder than Onondaga limestone limestone, it's easier to work with it.
- Large sheets can be quarried.
- Feels gritty to the touch.
- Found in the Niagara Escarpment (e.g. Art Park).
- In the Buffalo area, there is sandstone present under the limestone, but it's usually too deep to be quarried.
- It is the most drilled subsurface in Erie, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties because of deposits of natural gas in the rock.
- Red Grimsby: For curbstones in Buffalo until recently. The Erie canal was used to transport the sandstone from Medina. (Buffalo's newer curbstones are made of granite.)
- Red and white: In parts of the west side, including the Delaware Preservation District, there are some Medina sandstone sidewalks.
- Buildings: Buffalo Psychiatric Center by H. H. Richardson. and a number of churches along Delaware and Richmond that imitated Richardson's Romanesque style
- Most houses along Route 104 in Niagara County and Orleans County are of Medina sandstone.
Transportation to Buffalo: The Erie Canal ran through the middle of Medina.