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

(Top left, , clockwise): Friends Meeting House of Flushing; Blessed Trinity Church, Buffalo by Gary Kelley; Sacred Heart Ukranian Church, Johnson City by Jean Siegrist; Bialystoker Synagogue, NYC

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.

Eighty-eight years later, we're still celebrating the history of our Landmark Church, its place in our community, and the congregations who have called it home. Photo credit: Todd Treat

Ninety-three years later, we’re still celebrating the history of our Landmark Church, its place in our community, and the congregations who have called it home. Photo credit: Todd Treat

“Take a Walk” at Blessed Trinity with Explore Buffalo – May 15, 2021

Explore Buffalo Walking Tour Blessed Trinity's Exterior Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. Blessed Trinity is happy to announce the resumption of church tours with an Explore Buffalo Walking Tour of our Landmark building's exterior on May 15, 2021. A team of Blessed Trinity docents will be happy to share their knowledge of the history and construction of this Lombard-Romanesque treasure, including the hand-formed Harvard bricks laid in a medieval fashion and the extensive used of terra...

Explore Buffalo “Takes a Walk” at Blessed Trinity – May 15, 2021

Explore Buffalo Walking Tour Blessed Trinity's Exterior Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. COVID protocols still restrict interior tours of Blessed Trinity, but we are delighted to welcome an Explore Buffalo Walking Tour of our Landmark building's exterior on May 15, 2021. A team of Blessed Trinity docents will be happy to share their knowledge of the history and construction of this Lombard-Romanesque treasure, including the hand-formed Harvard bricks laid in a medieval fashion, the...

Watch Your Step

Our church is noted for its display of more than 2,000 symbols summarizing Christian beliefs, and many of them are under your feet! Twenty-four types of crosses can be found in 556 of our mosaic floor tiles. Another 158 tiles feature 24 additional symbols, including the signs of the zodiac. If you would like to help us maintain our Landmark house of prayer or help us to continue as an engaged parish community in the City of Buffalo, please click on our Donate link.  

March 2021 – Interior Restoration Project Continues

With repairs to the tile roof of the church – part of our grant project – completed, a project to repair damage to the church ceiling and interior artwork is underway. Following completion of the underlying plaster work, craftsmen from Bison Painting & Decorating Corp. are perched atop scaffolding, painstakingly restoring decorative stenciling and ceiling detail. A floor-level display created by master plasterer Josh of Mader Construction Co., Inc. helped parishioners to appreciate the...

February 2021 – Interior Restoration Project Underway

Now that repairs to the tile roof of the church – part of our grant project – have been completed, restoration of interior artwork and repairs to the ceiling of the church have begun. Master plasterer Josh of Mader Construction Co., Inc. helped parishioners to appreciate the process by setting up a display in church. In this photo, you can see the molds he makes to recreate deteriorated ornamental pieces. For additional photos, visit our Facebook page. The work is expected to continue through...

A Holiday Double Bill – Sunday, December 29, 2019

Explore Buffalo Sacred Spaces Tour 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum Concert 3:00 p.m.   Explore Buffalo™ is again featuring Blessed Trinity Church among its seasonal "Sacred Spaces" tours. On Sunday, December 29 at 12:30 PM, members of our docent team will be on hand to  explain the unique features of this replica of 12th century Lombard-Romanesque architecture, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They are prepared to share plenty of facts and...

Holiday Tours of Blessed Trinity – November 30 & December 29, 2019

Explore Buffalo™ is again bringing their seasonal tours to Blessed Trinity Church and inviting the public to see our Landmark structure and meet our docent team. The Thanksgiving Weekend tour will be Saturday, November 30 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. The Christmas Weekend tour will be Sunday, December 29 from 12:30 – 2:30 PM. Cost: $15 per person. Reservations can be made by contacting Explore Buffalo at explore [at] explorebuffalo [dot] org or 716-245-3032. Walk-ins are also welcome. Either weekend presents a...

Week of October 13, 2019 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 13 — October 20, 2019 Weekly Activities Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall  Wednesday, October 16 from 12:00 noon — 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food … Continue reading Continue reading

Original Church Bell on Permanent Display

Welcome Home St. Helena ~ The first building constructed by Blessed Trinity parish was a combination church/school building completed in 1907 at 307 Leroy Avenue. Two years later, a bell manufactured by the McShane Bell Company in Baltimore, Maryland was installed in its steeple. It was customary for a church bell to be given a saint’s name, and Blessed Trinity’s bell – a gift of parishioner Helena Eckard -- was named “St. Helena” after her patron saint. The 2017 sale of the former...

WGRZ-TV Visit Highlights May 19, 2019 Sacred Sites Open House

WGRZ-TV's Kevin O'Neill and his photographic assistant, Charles, visited Blessed Trinity very early Thursday morning April 25, for a "Daybreak" feature. They also did a much lengthier Facebook Live session with members of our docent team. [Click HERE to view this sneak peek]. We invite you to experience Blessed Trinity on Sunday, May 19, from 12 Noon-3pm when our docents will share even more information than we were able to give our friends from Channel 2. We will be participating in the NY...