Westminster Presbyterian Church - Table of Contents

Exterior - Westminster Presbyterian Church
724 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY
located on Millionaires' Row

Erected:

1858-59

Architect:

Harlow M. Wilcox

Master mason:

Henry Rumrill

Brick

Light "yellow" brick, likely to have come from Jesse Ketchum's native Canada

Style:

 Romanesque Revival

Windows on the Delaware, north and south walls have round arches. Pointed Gothic arches were installed on the interior when new windows were installed, 1931-1952








Spire tops the steeple   ...   Gable roof   ...   End pinnacles



Spire with copper and slate topped by finial



Detail from previous photo: copper, slates in lattice pattern



The bell from the original chapel marked A. G. Buffalo, 1850 (Adam Goode Brass and Bell Foundry on Ohio Street near Washington) was hoisted into the two hundred foot steeple in the belfry where it hangs today.

Romanesque Revival features on on steeple   ...   Blind arcades in second and fourth floors   ...   Louvered belfry in third floors   ...   Roundel in second floor   ...   Round (Romanesque) arched windows in second and third floors   ...   Stepped buttressing   ...   Corbel table under gable roof on both sides of tower

The bell from the original chapel marked A. G. Buffalo, 1850 (Adam Goode Brass and Bell Foundry on Ohio Street near Washington) was hoisted into the two hundred foot steeple in the belfry where it hangs today.



 Corbel table under gable roof     ...   End pinnacle topped with finial



 Corbel table under gable roof     ...   End pinnacle topped with finial



Original paired round arched stained glass windows with Romanesque tracery were replaced with pointed Gothic windows, 1931-1952   ...   Stone window head   ...   Note step buttressing at corner of building



Original paired round arched stained glass windows with Romanesque tracery were replaced with pointed Gothic windows, 1931-1952   ...   Stone window head 



Round Romanesque Revival stained glass window



Compound arch surround   ...   Double wood carved doors with 6-light tympanum



Medina sandstone sidewalk on Delaware



Main entrance; double paneled doors with 6-light stained glass tympanum   ...   Compound arch surround   ...   Entrance flanked by buttresses



Top: Blind arcade   ...   Entrance flanked by buttresses   ...  
Compound arch surround    ...   Double wood carved doors with 6-light tympanum



Double wood carved doors



South elevation



North side entrance
Gable roof with carved scalloped-edge vergeboard and stickwork in  tympanum  ...   Pair of double doors with leaded glass   ...   Leaded glass in transom




North side entrance
Pair of double doors with
leaded glass   ...   Leaded glass in transom







Celtic Cross    ...    2009 photograph taken by Westminster Church historian John McClive



Celtic Cross   ...   2005 photograph

"We associate the Celtic Cross with St. Patrick, St. Columba and others who led missionaries bringing the Christian faith to Ireland, Scotland and northeast England in the 5th through 10th centuries. It was done peacefully, with Love, not force.

"For this reason, the Celtic Cross stands as a symbol for World Peace in today's war-torn, violent world. Those lands adopted Christianity voluntarily through persuasion and the missionaries' example of courage and conviction. Although often facing entrenched Druid priests who controlled the people through pagan religion, or hostile local chieftains who could have murdered them at any moment, missionaries showed no fear be-cause of deep faith that God would protect them.

"Their message about one God who loved all living things and wanted people to achieve the fullest measure of their lives ultimately appealed more than continued bloodshed. Jesus' parables and commandment to "Love your neighbor as yourself" resonated in the rural culture of small villages and clan loyalty.

"As monks helped the poor, people saw God's Love in action through faith and service. The Celtic world became the center of stability and learning at the same time Western Europe was in the "Dark Ages," when violence destroyed Western civilization. Newly empowered lower classes, living in a safer and less oppressive environment, were welcomed into the monasteries of Ireland, Iona and Lindesfarne where the Celtic love of language, poetry and art blossomed.

"Even though monasteries were destroyed in the 9th century by plundering Vikings, their legacy of Love influenced descendents of the attackers who eventually became Christian. Monks were able to save enough writing and religious art, such as the Book of Kells, to help modern scholars discover the timeless message of Love over violence from his advanced period in history that was largely overlooked until recent times." - John McClive, Westminster Church historian




South entrance
More of a main entrance because most people drive to church. Although the Cloister to which this door connects was added in 1992, therefore not historical, it is used most often for visitors




South entrance



Leaded glass    ...   The glass is secured by cames (grooved bars of lead)



Trefoil arch 






Photos and their arrangement 2004 Chuck LaChiusa
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