When is a Rose Not a Rose?

Answer….When it is a rose window of course.  Rose windows have to rank as one of the most extraordinary architectural features ever developed.  They get their name from the rose petal like patterns that are formed by the decorative spokes that radiate from the center of their circular form.  They are very common in Gothic architecture and also often found in Romanesque style buildings.  Once in a while you will find them in some of the more flowery classical styles.  The most amazing and complex versions are typically the Gothic windows.  These round windows are normally placed over either the front doors or at the two ends of the nave crossing wings known as the transepts. The windows come in many sizes and can be very big and very lacy.  The ancient Gothic churches of France and Germany took the art of the stained glass rose window to the most amazingly gorgeous extreme

Although no competition for the old churches of Europe, Buffalo is no slouch when it comes to the rose window.  The city may have one of the best collections of these windows in the country. The biggest rose windows in Buffalo might be the transept windows in St. Louis Church on Main Street. It is gorgeous and well worth a special trip to see and study closely.  Size does not always matter however.  Some of the most fantastic roses in Buffalo are relatively small but packed with detail and color.
We take these incredible works of art for granted in Buffalo. They are so common they become ordinary background to us.  In the small sample shown here, many are in danger of neglect and demolition.  I was mad at my self while putting this together because I noticed by my thin collection of photos that even I did not often enough focus my camera lens on them.  Look at these wonderful creations! Think about how amazing it is to live in a place with such ubiquitous displays of the best in human creativity.
I was too lazy to look up the names of the churches displayed here so I thought I would make a bit of a game out of it.  Give me the name and location of each of these numbered images.  Hint, 2 of them are the same church.  The winner gets a hardy hand shake, pat on the back, and the warm glow of victory.  If you don’t get at least half of them you can be a winner too by starting to look around more.
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23 comments
grad94
grad94

i thought the winner would be our professional catholic, christy-lou-paulsobo. maybe he doesn't actually visit or know any of these churches.

LouisTully
LouisTully

The former owner of my house - late 1800's - was the owner of Buffalo Stained Glass Works from 1864 to 1901, his death. His company was responsible for the glass in several churches on the list, that I'm aware of:

St. Louis, St. Stanislaus, and Holy Angels.

Their work won awards internationally.

He's the dude on the left:

http://buffaloah.com/a/DCTNRY/stained/buf/buf.html

http://buffaloah.com/a/DCTNRY/mat/stained/bflo/booth_6in.jpg

http://buffaloah.com/a/DCTNRY/mat/stained/bflo/booth2_6in.jpg

From the article: "Starting in 1845 Buffalo was home to one of the earliest stained glass manufactures in America,"

STEEL
STEEL

Problem with a calendar is that it only has 12 spots.

RaChaCha
RaChaCha

Didn't have time to weigh in earlier to play "Name that Rose" but did very much enjoy this post.

RaChaCha
RaChaCha

Councilman Pridgen has said he'd support local landmarking of St. Ann's.

STEEL
STEEL

You can submit something. Can't promise it will be published . What subjects do you have in mind. If I have something to add I will do it.

Old First Ward
Old First Ward

Now how about a choice prize, I'll pick a topic and you write about it or let me submit a article myself. Sound fair?

r-k-tekt
r-k-tekt

Just a point of info...a few of these churches are endangered.

St Ann's has been closed by the diocese because of structural concerns. The exterior is fenced off. St Ann's may have the most spectacular church interior in Buffalo.

St John the Baptist on Hertel...a wonderful Chester Oakley Church i.e. Blessed Trinity and St Kasmir was closed years ago and sits abandoned and for sale.

St John the Evangelist on Seneca adjacent to Cazenovia Park also sits empty.

STEEL
STEEL

Ok So Ward wins the prize. He got them all.

Chris
Chris

"Although no competition for the old churches of Europe..."

Actually, Buffalo does have some stained glass work which has been compared favorably to anything done in Europe.

By the way, the former St. Mary Magdalene on Fillmore Avenue, which I have never seen, reportedly has the largest pair of rose windows in the city.

Old First Ward
Old First Ward

01 - St. Joseph's Cathedral - (50 Franklin St Bflo)

02 - Richmond Ave United Methodist - (469 Richmond Ave Bflo)

03 - St. Joseph University - (3269 Main St Bflo)

04 - St. Francis Xavier - (131 East Ave Bflo)

05 - St. Ann's - (Broadway/Emslie St Bflo)

06 - St. Stanislaus - (123 Townsend St Bflo)

08 - St. Stanislaus - (123 Townsend St Bflo)

09 - Holy Family - (1885 South Park Ave Bflo)

10 - St. John The Baptist - (62 Hertel Ave Bflo)

11 - Trinity Episcopal - (371 Delaware Ave Bflo)

12 - St. Louis - (780 Main St Bflo)

13 - St. John The Evangelist - (2315 Seneca St Bflo)

14 - Our Lady of Victory Basilica - (767 Ridge Rd Lackawanna)

15 - Holy Angels - (348 Porter Ave Bflo)

Can't wait forever. There is no number 7.

STEEL
STEEL

Ward and Richmond - good job but #2 is not Corpus Christi. Sorry for dropping a number. Did not think anyone would get Holy Family.

ladyinwhite
ladyinwhite

I agree, it would make a great calander.

Old First Ward
Old First Ward

01 - St. Joseph's Cathedral - (50 Franklin St Bflo)

03 - St. Joseph University - (3269 Main St Bflo)

04 - St. Francis Xavier - (131 East Ave Bflo)

05 - St. Ann's - (Broadway/Emslie St Bflo)

06 - St. Stanislaus - (123 Townsend St Bflo)

08 - St. Stanislaus - (123 Townsend St Bflo)

09 - Holy Family - (1885 South Park Ave Bflo)

10 - St. John The Baptist - (62 Hertel Ave Bflo)

11 - Trinity Episcopal - (371 Delaware Ave Bflo)

12 - St. Louis - (780 Main St Bflo)

13 - St. John The Evangelist - (2315 Seneca St Bflo)

14 - Our Lady of Victory Basilica - (767 Ridge Rd Lackawanna)

15 - Holy Angels - (348 Porter Ave Bflo)

Still need number 2. There is no number 7.

On Richmond
On Richmond

1. St. Joseph's RC Catherdral

2. Corpus Christi RC

3. St. Joseph's University RC ???

4. St. Francis Xavier RC

5. St. Anne's RC

6. St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr RC

8. St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr RC

9. Holy Family RC

10. Blessed Trinity RC

11. Trinity Episcopal

12. St. John the Evangelist RC

13. OLV RC Basilica

14. Holy Angels RC

buffalorr
buffalorr

Here goes my try:

1. St. Joseph's Old Cathedral on Main St.

4. St. Gerard's on Bailey.

12. St. Louis RC on Main St.

10. Blessed Trinity on Leroy Ave.

15. Assumption RC in Blackrock

8. St. Ann's on Broadway

6. St. Joseph's Old Cathedral on Franklin St.

2. Trinity Methodist on Delaware.

Christ Lutheran ( demolished 1999 ) on Broadway and Fox St. also had an amazing window.

When you looked over your shoulder during a worship service up to the front of the front side of the church you would see the window.

It felt as though the sun was behind your back.

Wonder what happened to that window before the demo?

LouisTully
LouisTully

I haven't been there in a while, so I'm not sure if it is any of these, but the chapel on Canisius' campus has a nice one.

STEEL
STEEL

I would be up for that.

Travelrrr
Travelrrr

Would be great to see a poster of these shots made, with funds going towards a building preservation fund--we need to keep these glorious structures standing!

Fortunate4now
Fortunate4now

This list is actually quite tough. Here's what I came up with and I'm not sure about 2 & 13. The Polack in me says I definitely nailed 6 & 8.

1. Saint Joseph Cathedral

2. Corpus Christi Church?

4. St. Francis Xavier

6 & 8. St. Stanislaus - Bishop & Martyr Church

13. Saint Francis de sales?

15. Holy angels church

grad94
grad94

really nice piece, steele.

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"Hint, 2 of them are the same church."

Well, I'm gonna guess those would be #6 and #8, since you helped us out by forgetting to include a #7. :)

1-St. Joseph's Old Cathedral, Franklin St.

2-St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, Church St.

3-

4-St. Francis Xavier RC Church, East St.

5-St. Ann's RC Church, Broadway at Emslie

6 and 8-St. Stanislaus RC Church, Townsend St.

9-

10-St. John the Baptist RC Church, Hertel Ave.

11-

12-St. Louis RC Church, Main at Edward

13-St. John the Evangelist RC Church, Seneca St.

14-

15-

OK, I give up on the rest . . .

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