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The Razing of St Barbara’s: Photographs by Michael Mulley

Opening tonight – Friday March 25, 2011
 | 7-10pm  Queen City Gallery
A portfolio of over 20 images by Mike Mulley documenting the destruction of a major Lackawanna landmark will be on exhibit at the Queen City Gallery tonight  through April 15, 2011.  The cornerstone for St Barbara’s Church was placed in July 1930 and in November 1931 the church was dedicated. It was built for a mostly Polish congregation that was founded in 1903 and replaced a church that dated back to the 1890’s. A modern update of the Romanesque Style, it was designed by Joesph E. Fronczak. The Interior murals  and windows were by Joseph Mazur… and in March 2011 it was demolished. (Historic Information from Jennifer Walkowski).   Based on the example Image shown here this should be a very powerful show.  Here is some commentary from Mike:

Over the last three weeks I have been documenting the demolition of St Barbara’s Church in Lackawanna. On each visit I was in awe that this church was coming down. It just seemed strange to see a structure like this come down. I know of dozens of churches in Buffalo that have sat abandoned for years and they never get demolished. I won’t speculate on the reasons – I will say watching this happen was like a car accident in slow motion… you just had to look. 

For more information see the gallery link here.

Queen City Gallery 

617 Main Street (Market Arcade)

Buffalo New York

M-F 11-4pm Sat 12-4pm

Written by David Steele

David Steele

Architect ( a real one, not just the armchair type), author of "Buffalo, Architecture in the American Forgotten Land" ( ), lover of great spaces, hater of sprawl and waste,
advocate for a better way of doing things.

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