Our Sacred Spaces Series is going virtual! One of Buffalo’s greatest architectural treasures is our city’s many houses of worship. The Sacred Spaces Series gives an in-depth view of these extraordinary buildings and the communities who built them. Join us on Zoom for four weekly virtual presentations highlighting significant churches in Western New York, led by Explore Buffalo docents on Wednesday evenings from April 28 to May 19. Each presentation, with Q&A at the end, will be approximately one hour in length. Each presentation will begin at 7pm.
- General Admission: $25
- Explorer Pass Admission: $15
This class must be purchased as a complete series. You will receive the Zoom access instructions after registering for this class. Registered participants will also receive access to the recording of each presentation after the class in case you are unable to attend, or would like to rewatch the presentation. Please note that recordings will be available the week following each presentation. If multiple people will be watching on the same screen, you only need to purchase one registration.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 7:00pm
The History of Buffalo’s Two Cathedrals
The History of Buffalo’s Two Cathedrals will present the history of the two cathedrals in downtown Buffalo: St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral and St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Cathedral. In this session, Explore Buffalo Master Docent TinaMarie Kumiega will present about the planning, construction, and architects of these two downtown landmarks. Interior and exterior architectural details will be presented in Part 4 of this series.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 7:00pm
St. Stephen R.C. Church
Hear the story of the Irish immigrant experience in Buffalo, while seeing the beauty of the former St. Stephen’s church. Learn about the exciting plans for the new life of this venerable old Buffalo house of worship.
Wednesday May 12, 2021, 7:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
Completed in 1906 by architects Edward and William Kent, Unitarian Universalist Church was built on the former estate of philanthropist John J. Albright, benefactor of the Albright Art Gallery. Learn about the Kent brothers’ outstanding use of oak in the church’s great hammer beam ceiling and sanctuary ornamentation and the Arts and Crafts style stained glass windows, each depicting one of the Beatitudes.
Wednesday May 19, 2021, 7:00pm
The Architecture of Buffalo’s Two Cathedrals
The Architecture of Buffalo’s Two Cathedrals will present the architectural design of the two cathedrals in downtown Buffalo: St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral and St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Cathedral. In this session, Explore Buffalo Master Docent TinaMarie Kumiega will present about the interior and exterior architectural features and details of these two Gothic Revival cathedrals. This session is a sequel to the previous presentation on the history of these two cathedrals.
The Sacred Spaces Series is supported by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.