St. Joseph's Cathedral - Table of Contents

2005 Photos
Exterior - St. Joseph's RC Cathedral

AKA St. Joseph's RC Old Cathedral
50 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY

St. Joseph RC Cathedral - Official Website
Visitor Information: (716) 854-5855

Erected:

1851-1855

Architect:

Patrick Keeley (also designed St, Michael's on Washington St.).
Irish; emigrated in 1842; designed almost 600 RC churches in US

Style:

Gothic Revival

Primary exterior stone:

Lockport dolomite and brought down the Erie Canal.

Status:





Postcard




Unknown photographer
"This rare photo is listed as 'Views on the Line of the Erie Railway.' L.E. Walker Publishers, Warsaw, NY. The date is unknown. It looks similar to the famous C.L. Pond Collection of photos in format." - Photo courtesy of Buffalonian.com




2015 photo  ...  Looking north  ...  Note Old County Hall in background




St. Joseph's Park, in front of the rectory and adjacent the south elevation of the Cathedral



St. Joseph's Park: one of two crosses from the "New" Cathedral, demolished in 1977




TOWER & STEEPLE


 
Telephone Building in background



Broached spire (detail below:)  ...  Spire lucarnes



Broach:  A half pyramid above the corners of a square tower to provide a transition to an octagonal spire; a sloping triangular section of masonry.



Buttresses at corners  ...  Clock surrounded by blind arch ...  Note foils at top of photo, detailed below:


Paneled trefoils flanked by quatrefoils  ...  Lockport dolomite stone




Louvered belfry  ...  The completed south tower originally housed a 43 bell carillon. Executed by the Bollee Brothers of LeMans, France, it was once considered the third best carillon in the world. The bells were later removed, leaving only two remaining.




CENTER BAY



Rose window with two flanking lancet windows




Rose windowTrefoils ...  Mouchettes  ...  Center quatrefoil.
Voussoirs and label molding frame lancet windows




Lancet windowVoussoirs  ...   Label molding with stops  ...  Compound Gothic arch  ...  Engaged jambs  ... Leaded lattice window




Ribbon  stained glass  lancet windows  ...  Vertical pier buttresses  ...  Compound Gothic arch in main center portal




Vertical pier buttresses




Combination ogee arch over Gothic pointed arch in niche holding St. Joseph and his "son," Jesus




Compound Gothic arch in main center portal




South and North Elevations


Slate roof  ...  Roof snow guards




Upper clerestory windows  ...  Nave aisle windows with exterior flanking vertical pier buttresses




Upper and lower cornices supported by modillions  ...  Quatrefoil and trefoil traceries




White colored lines on stained glass window are the lead came




Voussoirs  frame hoodmold and label molding  ...  Trefoil arches in windows  ...  Stringcourse




Vertical pier buttresses




Voussoirs  frame hoodmold and label molding  ...   Quatrefoil and  trefoil arches in windows 




LOOKING EAST



Liberty Building and Rath Building in background, detailed below:








Telephone Building and Main Place Tower in background




Telephone Building  in background   ...  Cross bottony  finial atop spire, detailed below:


Cross bottony  finial atop spire






Special thanks to Rector Msgr. James F. Campbell for his cooperation in 2005

Except where noted, photos and their arrangement 2005 Chuck LaChiusa
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