St. Joseph's Cathedral - Table of Contents
Exterior - St. Joseph's RC Cathedral
AKA St. Joseph's RC Old Cathedral
50 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY
RC Cathedral - Official Website
Keely (also designed St,
Michael's on Washington St.).
Irish; emigrated in 1842; designed almost 600 RC churches in US and hundreds of other institutional buildings for the Roman Catholic Church or Roman Catholic patrons in the eastern United States and Canada, particularly in New York City, Boston and Chicago.
Primary exterior stone:
|Lockport dolomite and brought down the Erie Canal.|
"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.
Rose window with two flanking lancet windows
Rose window: Trefoils ... Mouchettes ... Center quatrefoil.
Voussoirs and label molding frame lancet windows
Lancet window: Voussoirs ... 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
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