2019 Paired Houses of Worship Tour Series
Buffalo houses of worship in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries served as neighborhood anchors for immigrant groups. Often they were built as campuses with a school and office building/rectory. Often, the buildings imitated European houses of worship and served as a cultural link to the immigrants’ past. The buildings were as grand as parishioners could afford.
The houses of worship in this series were chosen not only for the aesthetic beauty of each building, but also for the walking accessibility. Each building tour will take 45 minutes with 15 minutes allotted for walking.
In addition to the architecture and history of each building, focus will be placed on the stained glass windows which will be explained by guest docent Megan McElfresh, the executive director of the Stained Glass Association of America, now headquartered in Buffalo.