St. Joseph's (New) Cathedral

Share This Page On Social Media

Comments? Corrections? Send us a message about this building


1932, 1960, 1976, 2009 photo credit: WNY Heritage Press, Rick Franklin


1015 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202
Google Bird's Eye View
Ellicott Council District
SBL: 100.39-1-19.2
Erie County Property Info
County Tax Map (loads GIS page)
City of Buffalo Parcel Viewer


NYS Corporation and Business Entity Database

Physical Description

Current Condition

Demolished. Marble and other building materials were dumped into the outer harbor to build a breakwall. Pieces are now on display at the new Outer Harbor park, Wilkeson Pointe.


  • 1902 - Diocese starts buying land near the corner of Delaware and W. Utica for a new St. Joseph's
  • 1906 - Plans for a cathedral were obtained from an Italian architect, Aristides Leonori of Rome, for a cathedral well suited for the climate of Italy.
  • 1912-1915 - St. Joseph's New Cathedral was constructed. Its twin towers were 260 feet high.
  • 1924 - Major repairs included the rebuilding of both the north and south transcepts.
    • A massive 45-bell carillon installed in the twin towers endangered the integrity of the towers and had to be removed.
  • 1927 - The towers were removed
  • 1976 - The exterior marble was separating from the brick. Bishop Head determined that appropriate repairs would be cost prohibitive for the diocese and St. Joseph's New Cathedral was demolished
  • 1978 - Timon Towers, a senior citizen apartment complex, was built
History courtesy WNY Heritage Press

Recent Events and Actions Taken

Other Pertinent Facts


Newest Pages

Added 2013-05-17 • Last changed 2018-11-15