Recent images of the ornate dome being removed from the south tower of one of the city’s most grand east side churches is enough to strike fear in the heart of anyone interested in saving Buffalo’s precious heritage. With so many Buffalo churches rotting, plans for St Gerard’s being sold off for use by an Atlanta parking lot church and the prospect of nearby St. Adalbert’s Basilica being forced into the Catholic Church’s cynically named “Journey In Faith and Grace” program (otherwise known as closing), the sight of this magnificent edifice being deconstructed could easily be interpreted as another major loss.
Fear not! Broadway Fillmore Alive reports that the massive church (site) at 199 Clark Street has begun phase 2 of its building renovation plan. Dramatic video and pictures of the ornate south tower dome being removed marked the start of repairs to one of Buffalo’s most prominent landmarks. The dome will be put back in place. This work is part of a comprehensive plan to restore the entire building enclosure. Since the church was taken over by the Pauline Fathers in 2004 the future of this amazing part of Buffalo’s heritage has taken a sharp turn to the positive. Corpus Christi along with nearby St. Stanislaus have benefited from major recent and ongoing investments bucking the trend for abandonment in this struggling neighborhood. Together they are anchors in this devastated part of the city and their parishioners intend to keep them that way for a long time.
Keep an eye on Broadway Fillmore Alive updates on this project and many more of the happenings in this very historic and interesting east side neighborhood.