St. Stephen's / Elk Tree - Table of Contents

EXTERIOR - St. Stephen RC Church /Elk Tree Gardens & Castle
193 Elk Street, Buffalo, New York

Built:
1875 - Parish established
1888 - Church built
Architect:
Fred W. Humble
Style:
Gothic Revival
Steeples removed:
C. 1932
Church names:

1888 - St. Stephen
1991 - Shrine of St. Jude
1995 - St. Stephen
2007 - St. Clare Parish after the Catholic Diocese merged five parishes
2016 - St. Clare's closed (merged with St. Teresa RC Church)
2017 - Elk Tree Gardens & Castle

School names:

1896 - St. Clare
1970 - school closed
2018 -
McDermott Lofts

Status:
2018 - Listed on National Register of Historic Places  (online Nov. 2020)

October 31, 2020 Photos



Gothic Revival    ...   Steeples removed c. 1932



Left/east tower
Tower
  ...    Belfry   ...   Vertical pier buttresses   ...   Voussoirs over entrance   ...   Onondaga limestone



Left/east tower
Belfry   ...  Trefoils in tympanums   ...   Broken rangework masonry



Left/east tower
Vertical pier buttresses at far sides   ...   Voussoirs over entrance   ...   Stained glass in quatrefoil tracery   ...   Leaded lattice glass



Left/east tower
Voussoirs over entrance   ...   Stained glass in quatrefoil tracery 



Left/east tower
Leaded lattice glass   ....   Paneled door





Center bay
Bay   ...   Rose window, including vertical lights   ...  
Voussoirs over entrance   ...   Stained glass in quatrefoil tracery 



Center bay
Voussoirs   ...   Rose window above stained glass paired roundels and vertical panels - commonly found in the Gothic style in Europe




Center bay
Random ashlar stone pattern   ... 
Voussoirs   ...     Stained glass  roundel in tympanum above double oak doors with leaded lattice windows   ...     Compound arch   ...   Squat Gothic columns   ...  Vertical pier buttresses



Center bay
Roundel  features opalescent stained glass   ...   Oak paneling




Center bay and right/west tower





East elevation


Note former school at right  - McDermott  Lofts (online November 2020)



Far left:  Former rectory   ...   East elevation
   ...   Facade   ...   Far right:  Former school/ McDermott  Lofts (online November 2020)


Note former rectory at far left



Former rectory



East elevation:  East transept  at left   ...   Lucarnes in roof   ...    Modillions "support" cornice   ...    Vertical pier buttresses ...   Nave windows   ...   Random ashlar stone pattern   ...   Stone tower at right   ...   Stone ` table



Lucarne with flared roof



  Modillions "support" cornice   ...   Vertical pier buttresses ...    Gothic nave windows   ...    Onondaga limestone   ...   Stone water table




West elevation


Facade and west elevation   
...   Far right:  Former school/ McDermott  Lofts (online November 2020)



Steeples removed c. 1932



West elevation at left   ...   Protruding apse at right   ...   LeftTower   ...   Transept   ...   Right: Apse



West transept   ...   Vent   ...  
Rose window above stained glass vertical panels - commonly found in the Gothic style in Europe



 
West transept  at left   ...   Protruding apse at right


 
Apse  roof



Limestone quarried in Lockport, NY:  "Lockport limestone (new name) refers to limestone at Lockport [NY] excavated for passage of the Erie Canal. Here, rock possesses to great degree a geodiferous character. To the east it becomes a dark, nearly black, compact limestone. Overlies Rochester shale and underlies the red shale [Salina formation] forming basal part of Onondaga saliferous group. Is top formation of Protean group of Vanuxem." -  National Geologic Map Database (onloine November 2020)
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Special thanks to owner Brian Wantuch for his cooperation in 2020

Photos and their arrangement 2020 Chuck LaChiusa
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