St. Louis Roman Catholic Church

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St. Louis Roman Catholic Church
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42°53′44″N 78°52′18″W / 42.895428°N 78.871729°W / 42.895428; -78.871729Coordinates: 42°53′44″N 78°52′18″W / 42.895428°N 78.871729°W / 42.895428; -78.871729
Location 35 Edward Street, Buffalo, New York
Country  United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website St. Louis Roman Catholic Church
Consecrated 1913
Status Parish church
Functional status "Active"
Architect(s) Schikel and Ditmar
Style Gothic Revival
Completed 1889
Capacity 2000
Length 234 feet (71.3 m)
Width 134 feet (40.8 m)
Height 245 feet (74.7 m)
Materials Medina sandstone
Pastor(s) Salvatore Manganello

Saint Louis Roman Catholic Church is a Catholic parish in Buffalo, New York. It was the first Catholic church built in Buffalo, and holds the title of "Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo".


The historic Gothic Revival third church is located at 35 Edward Street. The church is laid out in a Latin-cross floor plan and features a 245 ft octagonal Medina sandstone steeple with a Seth Thomas clock. Above the steeple rests a 72 ft pierced spire; the tallest open-work spire ever built completely of stone (without reinforcement) in USA.

St. Louis Roman Catholic Church from Air

Inside the church is a 1903 Kimball Organ, which is located in the choir loft.[1]

In 1958, due to erosion of the masonry, the turret was rebuilt.


The parish was established January 5, 1829 with land contributed by Louis Stephen LeCouteulx de Caumont, a French nobleman. The first church, constructed of logs, was completed in 1831. A larger brick church on the same site was completed in 1843. This church was destroyed by fire in 1885, setting the stage for the construction of the current church in 1889.[2]

Major structural events:[3]



  1. ^ LaChiusa, Chuck. "St. Louis RC Church". Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ Riester, Michael A., A Brief History of St. Louis Church, St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, retrieved December 6, 2016 
  3. ^ Slade, Susan (1973). "St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, HABS No. NY-5488". Historic American Engineering Record. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 

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