Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church is one of the finest examples of 12th century Lombard-Romanesque architecture in the United States. Located at 317 Leroy Avenue in the heart of Buffalo, New York, the edifice is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its unique style makes it stand out from other churches in Western New York.
Blessed Trinity Parish was established in the northeast section of the City of Buffalo in 1906. In the early 1920s, the second pastor, Rev. Albert Fritton, wanted to build a new church like those found in northern Italy. He selected Chester Oakley and Albert Schallmo as architects. Construction began in 1923 and the church was dedicated in 1928. When it was completed, the total expenditures amounted to $513,000. In 1976, the replacement cost of the building was estimated at four and a quarter million dollars. Today, it would be impossible to reproduce as it now stands because craftsmen knowledgeable in the various processes used in its construction are no longer available.
Scheduling a Tour
Individuals or groups wishing to schedule tours of the church at other times of the year may do so by contacting the rectory at 716-833-0301 or using the contact form at the bottom of this page.
As of April 2021, inside tours of the church are still restricted by COVID protocols. Our docent ream will be providing an exterior Explore Buffalo tour on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. Click HERE for ticket information.
New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Sunday, May 19, 2019 12 Noon – 3:00 PM
On May 19, 2019, Blessed Trinity will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Ninth Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, with our church serving as the “medieval” inspiration for the Conservancy’s 2019 theme: Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York’s Religious Art and Architecture. Click HERE for complete information about Blessed Trinity’s religious art and architecture and how you can participate in the public tours which are part of this event.