Temple Beth Zion, 599 Delaware Ave.

Byzantine Temple designed by Edward A. and William Kent. On 12 September, 1890, they dedicated their $95.000 house of worship. Constructed of Medina Sandstone, an immense copper dome marked the highly distinguished building. There was also beautiful interior frescoing.

Tragedy struck on 4 October, 1961, when a fire, fueled by flammable liquids being used to refinish the pews, destroyed the building. Within forty minutes of its discovery, the fire destroyed the magnificent central dome, causing it to collapse into the building.

Photo source: "Buffalo and its Points of Interest - Illustrated." New York Commercial Publishing Co., 1896

Photo of site in 2003