Buffalo Streetscape by Ray Vaughan

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View down Main Street in Buffalo, NY, from the corner of Allen Street; photo taken 13 November 2010. In the background can be seen one of Buffalo’s many steeples: the 245-foot open stonework tower (pierced spire) of St. Louis Roman Catholic Church at Main and Edward Sts., built 1886-1889, the fourth and grandest incarnation of the churches constructed on that site by the congregation (see Samuel M. Welch, Home History – Recollections of Buffalo, 1891, esp. p. 261). Incidentally, when Sheila and I first met in 1964, I was living in an apartment next to St. Louis Church at 808 Main Street. Poet Gregory Corso, having previously been in Cleveland but then in Buffalo for a few months, shared the apartment with me for part of the time.


buffalo, new york, architecture, main street, st louis church


  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballalmost 4 years ago

    Know this area well, nice way to see it again!

  • Hi Susan! This direction looks pretty familiar, but looking back over my left shoulder toward High Street you’d see all the new construction at Buffalo General Hospital, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and UB Medical Campus, producing an interesting mix of new and old. By the way, I just posted a link to your “Another One Bites the Dust” in relation to my County Hall photo.

    – Ray Vaughan

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 4 years ago

    Well, nostalgia lives! Yes, we met somewhere in this picture… & remember how the bells in St. Louis’s tower shook everything at 808? Heh heh. And the Beat [Poet] goes on…. BEAUTIFUL shot, & not just because of the memories.

  • Ah, yes, the beauty and power of bells next door – which we experienced again a few years later, albeit more briefly, when we ate at the Chinese restaurant adjacent to the church tower in Peebles, Scotland, in 1970.

    – Ray Vaughan

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