St. Francis de Sales RC Church - Table of Contents

St. Francis de Sales RC Church - Exterior Photos
407 Northland Ave at Humboldt Pky, Buffalo, NY
The church was closed by the Roman Catholic Diocese in 1993


See also: Highlights of Buffalo's History, 1927


Dietel & Wade

Style of architecture:

(Italian) Romanesque Revival

Building material:

Indiana limestone


Buffalo landmark

TEXT Beneath Illustrations

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Cornerstone. Monochromatic Indiana limestone exterior

View from the east. Humboldt Expressway in foreground

Bell tower



Note bell

Rose window and buttress


Geometric medieval moldings carved on capitals

Deeply recessed window with compound arch


View from the south: left and rear sides of church


South side: diaper patterns in windows

October 2003 Interior Photos

North side: buttresses

North side: Rinceau

North side buttresses

This is an Italian Romanesque Revival Church suggestive of churches In Ravenna, Italy. Its campanile, plain exterior wall surfaces, small frontal window, and squarish basilica configuration, all suggest Ravenna.

The church is made of Indiana limestone and its 140-foot tower is easily visible from the Kensington Expressway.

The interior boasts a colorful barrel-vaulted nave, and the aisle and transept windows beautifully illustrate the history of the church through its saints, and the rose window in the north transept contains an impressive portrait of Christ.

As of May 2002, several windows were broken.


See also: Buffalo's Houses of Worship on the Internet - Links
Special thanks to Michael Healy who supplied the following information:  Murphy and Olmsted also designed a similar exterior and interior in the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Washington, DC (online photos in August 2017)

Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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