“Inside Blessed Trinity Church” with Explore Buffalo, Jan. 7, 2023

Blessed Trinity Welcomes Explore Buffalo
for the first tour of 2023.
Saturday, January 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Click HERE to reserve your place.

Built between 1925 and 1928, Blessed Trinity Church is considered to be the purest replication of twelfth century Lombard-Romanesque architecture in the USA. In addition to its listing on the National Register of Historic Places, it is a NYS Historical Site and was the first architectural landmark recognized by Buffalo’s Landmark & Preservation Board in 1977.

Experienced docents will be on hand to highlight the building’s history and design and share their knowledge of its unique handmade bricks set in a style dating back to the Middle Ages, the extensive use of terra cotta in its construction, and the fantastic array of Christian symbolism found in its sculpture and artwork. The Christmas setting will be a bonus for visitors to this church that needs no decoration. Weather permitting, the 90-minute tourism opportunity will include an interpretation of the building’s ornate facade.

Located at 317 Leroy Avenue in Buffalo, the church is wheelchair accessible with ample off-street parking behind the church and adjacent to the east side door.

 

Visit Buffalo’s Medieval Masterpiece on Oct. 30, 2022

Photo Credit: Steve Mangione

Explore Buffalo®, is a non-profit organization providing opportunities to discover Buffalo’s great architecture, including Blessed Trinity. Visit https://explorebuffalo.org to reserve your place for our unique All-Hallows Eve/All Saints Day tour on Sunday, October 30 at 12:30 p.m. Think skulls, devils, monsters and graveyards are just symbols we associate with Halloween? You’ll find them all in the medieval iconography displayed on the church facade. Inside, marvel at a saintly procession in the church’s great dome mural as docents highlight the spectacular interior details of the church and its extensive display of Christian symbolism. Visitors will be treated to All-Hallows’ Eve selections on the church’s 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ.

Completed in 1928 at a cost of over a half million dollars, the church is considered one of the purest examples of 12th Century Lombard-Romanesque architecture in the United States. The exceptional level of artisanship involved in its creation marks Blessed Trinity as a work of art that can never be replicated.

The church is located at 317 Leroy Avenue in Buffalo. It is wheelchair accessible with plenty of off-street parking.

The Sights and Sounds of Blessed Trinity, Sept 16, 2022

Blessed Trinity Church will join Explore Buffalo’s free “Doors Open Houses of Worship Series” on Friday evening, September 16. Following a 6:30pm presentation on its history, art and architecture, enjoy a docent guided tour of one of Buffalo’s most amazing churches. At 7:30pm, experience the building’s splendid acoustic as the a cappella voices of the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum sing Catholic choral masterpieces from the sixteenth through twenty-first centuries. Click HERE or call (716) 245-3032 for tour reservations; the 7:30pm concert is open to all. On the National Register of Historic Places, we are located at 317 Leroy Avenue. Our building is wheelchair accessible with off-street parking.

Sacred Sites Open House, Sat. July 23, 2022

Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

Blessed Trinity’s Sacred Sites Open House
Saturday, July 23, 2022
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Blessed Trinity Church joins the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Eleventh Annual Sacred Sites Open House. This year’s theme, Open Doors, celebrates the return to in-person programming and highlights the broad spectrum of historical periods, faith traditions, and styles of religious architecture found in communities throughout the Empire State. As a participating congregation, Blessed Trinity will showcase its Landmark building with a presentation on its architecture and parish history accompanied by a docent-led tour. Learn about this “made in America” replica of twelfth century Lombard-Romanesque architecture including: handmade bricks set in a style dating back to the Middle Ages, extensive use of terra cotta, fascinating medieval iconography, and display of more than 2,000 Christian symbols. Reservations are now open for this free event. Click HERE to register.

 

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, were the only featured congregations from outside the Albany-NYC area.

Titled “Faith in the Empire State: Houses of Worship Across New York,” the hour-long  ZOOM presentation visited sacred sites “funded and designed by residents of towns and cities from Long Island to the Great Lakes,” exploring contemporary uses as well as historical significance.

Today Blessed Trinity is home to a small, ethnically and racially diverse congregation. Founded in 1906, the parish originally served a rapidly growing community of mainly German and Irish immigrants. Under construction from 1923-28, the present Landmark church is adjacent to the original combination church and school built in 1907. Many local laborers and artisans were employed in its construction, using only materials manufactured or quarried in the United States. It is recognized as the purest replication of Twelfth Century Lombard-Romanesque architecture in the United States and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure’s unique features include unmolded handmade bricks set in a variety of patterns, extensive use of terra cotta, and an elaborate display of medieval iconography.

Founded in 1921 as a mission church to the University of Buffalo and the developing neighborhood around it, University Presbyterian Church continues its ministry with students, including an intentional Christian living program in the former manse. The church’s food pantry serves the needs of both students and others in the surrounding community.  Before construction was even completed the original wood frame church was too small. To meet the needs of ministry and outreach programs, the new sanctuary wing, with classroom and assembly spaces in the basement, was completed in 1928.The education wing was added in 1956.The architecture is recognized as a distinctive local example of a Georgian Colonial Revival style church, with a Wren-Gibbs inspired portico, tower, and steeple. The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy will present a virtual tour again in July 2022, with plans for resuming in-person visits to sacred sites across the state in 2023. Learn more about their Sacred Sites Open Houses by visiting https://nylandmarks.org/sacred-sites-open-house/