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. Some COVID restrictions still apply. Visitors must wear masks during tours of the interior. A docent guided tour of the church exterior is also available.

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

Blessed Trinity, University Presbyterian featured on 2021 Virtual Statewide Tour of Churches

New York Landmarks Conservancy Virtual Statewide Tour of Churches Thursday, August 19. 2021, 6 – 7 PM You may have visited Blessed Trinity during one of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekends – an annual event held each May from 2010-19. After a pandemic cancellation in 2020, the Conservancy chose to restart with a virtual tour of 11 houses of worship in 6 different New York counties. Blessed Trinity and University Presbyterian Church, both located in Buffalo,...

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...

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...

Church’s Architecture featured in Buffalo News

The May 22, 2018 Buffalo News (pages B-1 and C-12) highlights architectural features of our church in a pictorial array. To really appreciate the fine work of their photographer, Derek Gee, and view places in the church that you can’t normally see, visit the Buffalo News Photo Gallery. It includes 100 photos taken of our church!

The New York State Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend

Blessed Trinity participates annually in The New York State Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, taking place May 21 and 22, 2016. Click HERE for more information about this opportunity to visit our church and other local houses of worship. While you’re in the neighborhood, you might want to compare the medieval form of brick laying displayed in Blessed Trinity Church with that of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House, located less than a mile from the Church at 125...

The Buffalo Alliance for Sacred Places

The National Trust for Historic Preservation 2011 Conference in Buffalo put our city’s architectural treasury of civic, sacred and residential landmarks “front and center” for a national audience. In the aftermath of this high profile event, a new collaborative titled the Buffalo Alliance (the “Alliance”) for Sacred Places has been formed “to promote the preservation and appreciation of the art, architecture and history of Buffalo’s houses of worship.” The initial member organizations, which...