When: Tours available by appointment

Where:  157 East Street Buffalo, NY 14207


$12.00    Tours

$10.00    Seniors

$8.00     Students

More Information and/or Schedule a Tour: Call 716.481.2350

Buffalo Religious Arts Center Docent-Led Tours

The Buffalo Religious Arts Center is located in the former St. Francis Xavier Church. This Basilica style 12,000 square foot church has richly painted murals and ceiling. The present church, built in Roman Basilica style, was designed by Max G. Beierl of the Buffalo architectural firm Lansing and Beierl and constructed between 1911 and 1912. The granite columns of the church were shipped to Buffalo on the Erie Canal. They were offloaded at Black Rock, and rolled up from the canal to the church. 

Mural work was executed in Beuronese style (reminiscent of the great abbey of Benediktbeuem in Bavaria) by Raphael Pfisterer, a Benedictine monk.

The nave windows were made in Munich, Germany, by F. X. Zettler. They depict the Stations of the Cross, and are the only set of its kind in Western New York. They are indicative of the bold, pictorial Munich style of stained glass manufacturing. The collection of art includes stained glass windows, statuary, oil and watercolor paintings from the recently closed houses of worship in Western New York.

Join Us for Specialty and Seasonal Tours!

There are currently no seasonal tours scheduled, but please come visit and arrange a docent-led tour at your convenience.


Programs in Historic Preservation

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York