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St. Louis Church, Buffalo

#13 of 14 in Historic Sites in Buffalo
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
Saint Louis Roman Catholic Church is a Catholic parish in Buffalo, New York. It was the first Catholic church built in Buffalo, and holds the title of "Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo".
The historic Gothic Revival third church is located at 35 Edward Street. The church is laid out in a Latin-cross floor plan and features a 245 ft octagonal Medina sandstone steeple with a Seth Thomas clock. Above the steeple rests a 72 ft pierced spire; the tallest open-work spire ever built completely of stone (without reinforcement) in USA. Inside the church is a 1903 Kimball Organ, which is located in the choir loft.
In 1958, due to erosion of the masonry, the turret was rebuilt.
The parish was established January 5, 1829 with land contributed by Louis Stephen LeCouteulx de Caumont, a French nobleman. The first church, constructed of logs, was completed in 1831. A larger brick church on the same site was completed in 1843. This church was destroyed by fire in 1885, setting the stage for the construction of the current church in 1889.
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  • I saw the Louis Church from far. It had a huge spiral. At the top of the tower, the top was so attractive. I liked the red and brown bricks. Quite solid! There were a lot of trees nearby this...  more »
  • We were in Buffalo for the Ordination of a priest who was a good friend. The ceremony was held at St Louis Church in the downtown area. It is a massive church with wonderful stained glass and...  more »
  • Love the church and the musical litergy every week
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