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Exterior - University Presbyterian Church

3330 Main St. at Niagara Falls Blvd., Buffalo, NY

University Presbyterian Church - Official Website (online Jan. 2015)

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University Presbyterian Church National Trust Nomination.pdf
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Built:
1928
1956 - Education wind addition
Architect:
Sanctuary Wing - North & Shelgren
Education Wing - Fenno, Reynolds & McNeil
General contractor:
Robert E. Williams and his son, Frederick
Style:
Georgian Colonial RevivalWren-Gibbs tradition
Foundation:
Concrete
Walls:
Face brick, hollow tile, limestone
Roof:
Slate, membrane
Significance:
The University Presbyterian Church is significant as a distinctive and substantially intact local example of a Georgian Colonial Revival style church, with a Wren-Gibbs inspired portico, tower and steeple


Facade







Facade.
The 1928 sanctuary is found at the left on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Note the large basilica windows. 

The 1956 education wing is at the right of the facade on Main Street.

A two-story tetra-style pedimented Tuscan portico, with its Wren-Gibbs inspired tower, is skewed off the traditional basilica plan of the sanctuary wing,
The first floor of each wing is raised approximately eight feet off grade allowing for a raised basement with large windows providing light into the space.

A limestone belt course between the raised basement and first floor extends along the Main Street and Niagara Falls Boulevard elevations connecting the two periods of construction visually.

Note that the angle of the entrance is different from the sanctuary; thus, the stairs leading to the sanctuary are angled.



Facade.
At left in Niagara Falls Boulevard, listed as a City of Buffalo Local Landmark




Facade.
Seventy-foot Wren-Gibbs inspired tower and steeple  --- Three steeple details below:





Facade.
Steeple




Facade.
Finial atop cupola atop hexagonal base.




Facade.
Louvered belfry with engaged Tuscan columns.




Facade.
Swag




Facade.
Two-story tetra-style pedimented Tuscan portico




Facade.
Quoins ...  Portico  ... Photo variation below:



Facade.
UB in background.



Facade.
Tuscan columns ... Shouldered segmented windows  ... Detail below:



Facade.
8 over 8 lights.



Facade.
Block modillions ... Triglyphs and guttae ... Leaded glass transom window .... Tuscan pilasters  ...  Two details below:




Facade.
Block modillions ... Triglyphs and guttae




Facade



Niagara Falls Boulevard West Elevation: Sanctuary 


Sanctuary,
The 1928 sanctuary is found at the left  of the entrance facade 




Sanctuary.
Niagara Falls Boulevard South Elevation



Sanctuary.
Keystone ... Voussoirs ... Fanlight




Sanctuary.
Splayed lintel with keystone in upper window ... Brick quoins




Sanctuary.
Two details below:




Sanctuary.
Rosette in the corner of the frieze ... Tuscan capital




Sanctuary.
Center urn ... Leaded glass

      


Sanctuary.
Tuscan column ... Brick quoins





North elevation




Parking lot entrance.
Triangular pediment ... Tuscan columns and engaged columns




Parking lot entrance.
Tuscan columns




Parking lot entrance.




Parking lot entrance.
Palladian window  located above the altar in the chancel\




Parking lot entrance.
Flemish bond brick pattern




East Elevation - Main St - 1956 Education Wing



Education Wing




Education Wing.
Tuscan pilasters





Special thanks to Rev. Tracy S. Daub, Pastor for her cooperation and to parishioner Janet Mazzaroppi for her assistance in 2016.

Photos and their arrangement 2016 Chuck LaChiusa
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