St. Paul's Cathedral (Buffalo, New York)

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Saint Paul's Cathedral
Location 139 Pearl Street, Buffalo, New York
Country  United States
Denomination Episcopal
Website St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
Status Parish church
Founded 10 February 1817
Founder(s) Samuel Johnston
Dedicated 22 October 1851
Consecrated 22 October 1851
Functional status "Active"
Completed May 1873
Construction cost US$160 thousand
Height 274 feet (83.5 m)
Materials Medina sandstone
St. Paul's Cathedral (Buffalo)
St. Paul's Church, Buffalo, N. Y (NYPL b12647398-66647).tiff
St. Paul's Cathedral, ca. 1900
St. Paul's Cathedral (Buffalo, New York) is located in New York
St. Paul's Cathedral (Buffalo, New York)
St. Paul's Cathedral (Buffalo, New York) is located in the US
St. Paul's Cathedral (Buffalo, New York)
Location Buffalo, NY
Coordinates 42°52′57.6″N 78°52′34.95″W / 42.882667°N 78.8763750°W / 42.882667; -78.8763750Coordinates: 42°52′57.6″N 78°52′34.95″W / 42.882667°N 78.8763750°W / 42.882667; -78.8763750
Built 1849–1851
Architect Richard Upjohn; Robert W. Gibson
Architectural style Gothic Revival
NRHP reference # 73002298
87002600 (increase)[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 1, 1973[1]
December 23, 1987 (increase)[1]
Designated NHL December 23, 1987 [2]

St. Paul's Cathedral is the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York and a landmark of downtown Buffalo, New York. The church sits on a triangular lot bounded by Church St., Pearl St., Erie St., and Main St.


In 1848, vestrymen of St. Paul's in Buffalo formed a building committee to erect a new stone church. Being familiar with architect Richard Upjohn's work through his recently completed Trinity Church in New York City, they desired no other architect for the job, and immediately engaged Upjohn for the commission.[3]

Major structural events:;[4][5][6][7]

  • 1849: construction started.
  • 1851: the cathedral was dedicated/consecrated.
  • 1870: the spires on top of the two towers were finished.
  • 1888: a fire caused by a natural gas explosion nearly destroyed the building.
  • 1890: the church reopened after undergoing a renovation overseen by Robert W. Gibson.

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in 1973. In 1987, the NRHP listing was revised as "St. Paul's Cathedral (Buffalo)" [8] and the property was further declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark.[2][9]


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  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "St. Paul's Cathedral (Buffalo)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-09-19.
  3. ^ Napora, James. "Saint Paul's Episcopal Church: 1849–1851". Retrieved 2014-09-04.
  4. ^ "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)" (Searchable database). New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2016-04-01. Note: This includes Cornelia E. Brooke (May 1972). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: St. Paul's Cathedral" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-04-01. and Accompanying four photographs
  5. ^ Carolyn Pitts (c. 1987). "National Register of Historic Places increase / National Historic Landmark Registration: St. Paul's Cathedral". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  6. ^ "Accompanying four photos".
  7. ^ LaChiusa, Chuck. "St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral". Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  8. ^ A new NRHP reference number was issued. The purpose of revision is not specifically known in this case, but NRHP listings are often revised to reflect boundary changes.
  9. ^ Carolyn Pitts (n.d.), National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: St. Paul's Cathedral (pdf), National Park Service and Accompanying 2 photos, from 1965 (368 KB)

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