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 may do so by contacting the rectory at 716-833-0301 during office hours or using the contact form at the bottom of this page. At this time there are no COVID restrictions and visitors are not required to wear masks. Docent guided tours of the church exterior are also available.
New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Sunday, May 21, 2023, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
On May 21, 2023, Blessed Trinity Church celebrates the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s 50th anniversary by participating in its statewide Sacred Sites Weekend. This year’s theme, Congregations and Communities, seeks to “highlight how sacred sites create community connections….” We invite the public to learn about our Landmark site and the connections our faith community has made over more than a century at an Open House on Sunday, May 21. Click HERE for more information about Blessed Trinity’s religious art and architecture and the public tours which are part of this event.