Annunciation RC Church
257 Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo, NY
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Buffalo Church Looks a Lot Like St. Mary’s in Medina
By Tom Rivers
Online April 2015
On Lafayette Avenue there is a Catholic church that looks almost identical to St. Mary’s in Medina. I parked at St. Mary’s on Saturday morning to go cover the 5K race in Medina. A few hours later I was looking at St. Mary’s twin.
It has two spires just like St. Mary’s, and has the Gothic Revival architectural style. However, Annunciation is a little different. It has the taller spire on the left side, where St. Mary’s is taller on the right. Otherwise, the look very much alike.
I did a little research and they were both designed by the same architect, Albert A. Post, a leading ecclesiastical architect and also a devote Catholic. He designed many Catholic churches in the Buffalo area and in Ontario, Canada.
St. Mary’s was built at the turn of the century during Medina’s boom years. City Hall and railroad depot also were built in this era.
The church served a primarily Irish congregation when it opened. St. Mary’s was designed in a Fourteenth Century English Gothic style.
Construction of St. Mary’s in Medina started in 1902. The church was dedicated and consecrated July 10, 1904.
St. Mary's was one of six sites to make the first class of the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame last December.