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Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church
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Project Synopsis

The Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church is an excellent example of Romanesque Revival ecclesiastic architecture which was popular throughout Buffalo in the late nineteenth-century. CBCA prepared the sucessful nomination of the church to the State and National Registers. While the congregation dates back to 1833, this church at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bouck Street became the groupís new home in 1896.

Designed by the prominent Buffalo architectural firm Lansing and Beierl, the large Medina sanstone building originally featured elaborate frescos and plasterwork in the interior. In 1920 the building received the addition of a Tudor styled Community House which added a gymnasium, library and meeting rooms to the church. A 1926 renovation of the church by architect Robert North gave the Victorian-era church a more Classical appearance.

Today the building remains a vital part of the Elmwood Village community, serving not only the spiritual needs of the community but also as host to a daycare, soup kitchen and various community meeting spaces. This unique building also features a functional log cabin constructed in its basement by Boy Scout Troop #2 in the late 1920s.

LAPC in the News

"Secular salvation for a sacred site"
Tom Buckham, The Buffalo News
August 21, 2010

Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church
Buffalo, NY

Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church Website

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