St. Francis Xavier RC Church - Table of Contents..................Buffalo Religious Arts Museum -Official Website

2002 Exterior Photos
St. Francis Xavier RC Church / Buffalo Religious Arts Museum
149-157 East Street, Buffalo, NY

Style:

Romanesque Revival / Basilica

Constructed:

1911-1913. Third church on the site

Architect:

Max. G. Beierl

Founders:

German immigrants (German Lutherans built St. John's Church half a block away on Amherst St.)

Church closed:

2007

Church purchased:

2008 by Mary Holland

2008 owners:

Buffalo Religious Arts Center (Gifted by Mary Holland)

Status:

Listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places






Buffalo Religious Arts Museum as seen from the Niagara River


2011 photo taken from  the Dayton House, 243 Dearborn St.
Photo courtesy of Alex Murphy
History


First church and school, 1848-1852.   Source: display in church


Steeple and first bell, 1860



Church, rectory and school, 1852-1911



1852 church

1913 Church, rectory, and late 19th century school.



Late 19th century school.


Church and school. Note clock in bell tower (campanile)


Church and rectory (2010 photo)

Facade


Romanesque Revival tower, gable, corbel table, rose window



Three Romanesque Revival arches over recessed front entry



Note entasis on one of the single-block marble columns which were transported on Erie Canal.






Cushion capital


Right side (south) of church. Blind arcade on bell tower and over stained glass windows in transept.

Medina whirlpool sandstone trim. Note second story clerestory windows.




Rear of rectory and right side (south) of church. Rectory has gabled dormer, tile roof, modillions under wide eaves, lintel over window.



First story stained glass windows illustrate stations of the cross. Note supporting pier buttresses between windows.



Right side and rear: transept and apse.




Neighbors


 64 Amherst St. - a fire station converted to several apartments


Across the street from the museum



Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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