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Buffalo Truly is an Extraordinary Place

It is popular to talk with pride about Buffalo’s great architecture. People point to City hall, the Martin House, and Sheas Theatre, among other well-known local landmarks as places that make Buffalo special.  But the city’s building wealth does not stop there. Many don’t realize that Buffalo also has a deep architectural bench beyond this handful of oft heralded edifices.  One of these lesser known but more than worthy Buffalo architectural masterpieces is Blessed Trinity Church on Leroy Avenue.  Trinity is not just a great Buffalo building.  It is a great American building, easily ranking as one of the most beautiful and extraordinary churches anywhere.  Completed in 1928, it is a stunning example of the Lombard-Romanesque style.  It is covered with exquisite art work inside and out.  It might actually have a bigger collection of art than the Albight Knox.   Its handmade bricks, laid up in a random medieval style, are trimmed with hundreds of frosted terra-cotta medallions, friezes, trim bands, and other sculptural elements, lending the building a wonderful crafted texture that has aged gracefully.  Every surface of the interior is sculpted and panted with murals and gilding.  The soaring vaulted ceiling is enhanced with not one but two domes.

This wonderful picture portfolio, highlighting the church, is a small sample from a post on Face Book by artist and photographer Char Szabo-Perricelli.  Here is what Char has to say about the Church.

I titled the album “Convivium oculos” “This is the most stunning church I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. The blend of pagan, christian and masonic symbolism, tile work, murals and architectural embellishments both inside and out are a non-stop feast for the eyes. It is truly a must-see destination in Buffalo.”

Get in touch with Char through these links: Here and also here. Thank you Char for this remarkable portfolio of a remarkable place. This is a must see destination in Buffalo. Put it on your bucket list.


















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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