Tuesday Tour: St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, New York

Last week I was in Buffalo and took a walking tour of notable architecture in the downtown area.  Buffalo is absolutely packed with wonderful buildings, and for three hours we got to explore the outsides and insides of many fine structures.  The one church on the tour was St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral on Pearl Street.

According to the Cathedral’s listing with the National Historic Landmarks Program of the National Parks Service:

Constructed between 1849 and 1851, St. Paul’s Cathedral is the premier church in Western New York. Designed by Richard Upjohn, the leading American Gothic Revival architect of the 19th century, St. Paul’s is an excellent example of the kind of church advocated by the Cambridge Camden Society, founded in England for the advancement of Medieval art and architecture. The church is built of local red sandstone set in a random ashlar pattern.   - source.

The church’s main entrance is a beautiful set of wooden doors with elaborate Gothic-style hinges, above.

The hammer-beam ceiling is striking, with carved angels at the ends of each beam, which can be see in in the photo above, similar to the angel roofs seen in churches of East Anglia, England (which I featured in a Quick Takes post back in August.) 

The Richmond Chapel, above, has a stained glass Tiffany window high above the altar.

window above: Christ at the Village of Emmaus with the two disciples (Luke 24;30). Designed by Tiffany Studios.

The narthex has a beautiful red wooden ceiling with gold stenciled stars, above, and holds an architectural model of the church, below.

For an extensive amount of information on the architecture of the Cathedral, see the Cathedral’s page on the Buffalo as Architectural Museum website.

Read more about the church and its activities on the Cathedral’s website.