Saint Francis de Sales Church


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Chuck LaChiusa

Chuck LaChiusa

Photo credit: Mike Puma, Views of Buffalo and Wikipedia


575 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo NY 14208


Physical Description

  • Former Roman Catholic church built of Indiana limestone with a ceramic tile roof. Romanesque style. 23,130 sq. ft. with 9ft ceilings in usable basement. 140-foot tall tower.

Current Condition

  • Abandoned by owner. Vacant. Partially stripped.


  • Built in 1926.
  • Architects: Murphy and Olmsted with George Dietel.
  • Closed by the Diocese of Buffalo in 1993.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • A local preservationist reported on January 25, 2013: "I was told the current owner abandoned the building a few months ago. The building was stripped. Stained glass windows were removed and sold on eBay, but the sale was halted and windows recovered by police. The current whereabouts of the recovered windows are unknown. This building is likely headed for further deterioration and demolition."
  • December 2016 - Listed on Craigslist as for sale - Ad here, copy of ad here.

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Architect George Dietel also designed City Hall.
  • Its location and contributing status in the Hamlin Park Historic District enables the owner to utilize the 20% or 40% historic tax credit program. The 20% path would assume homeownership only, but the 40% program requires the church to be an income producing property, i.e. multiple residential units, commercial space, or a restaurant for example. The nomination was prepared by Preservation Studios and recently listed on the State Register. It is currently at National Park Service for their review and listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
    *Preservation status: The church is a contributing building in both the local and National Register Hamlin Park Historic districts which gives it city, state and national designation. That means it's eligible for historic tax credits and is subject to the protections of the city's local designation.

courtesy Mike Puma and Tom Yots


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Added 2013-01-26 • Last changed 2022-08-24