St. Louis Roman Catholic Church
|St. Louis Roman Catholic Church|
|Location||35 Edward Street, Buffalo, New York|
|Website||St. Louis Roman Catholic Church|
|Architect(s)||Schikel and Ditmar|
|Length||234 feet (71.3 m)|
|Width||134 feet (40.8 m)|
|Height||245 feet (74.7 m)|
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.
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.
Major structural events:
- LaChiusa, Chuck. "St. Louis RC Church". Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Riester, Michael A., A Brief History of St. Louis Church, St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, retrieved December 6, 2016
- Slade, Susan (1973). "St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, HABS No. NY-5488". Historic American Engineering Record. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
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