What it looked like Wednesday: St. Margaret’s Church, 1930s

By Steve Cichon
steve@buffalostories.com
@stevebuffalo

Three different buildings have served as St. Margaret’s church since Fr. Thomas Timmons was assigned to start a parish on a swampy plot of land in the growing Hertel Avenue/North Park neighborhood in 1916.

Rev. Thomas Timmons stands in front of the temporary St. Margarets Church on Hertel Ave., 1917. Buffalo Stories archives

Rev. Thomas Timmons stands in front of the temporary St. Margaret’s Church on Hertel Ave., 1917. Buffalo Stories archives

St. Margaret’s church and school, early 1930s. This building is currently under renovation into street-level retail and apartments. A façade was added to the building in the 1960s for the use of the school after the current St. Margaret’s church building was built in 1957.

Early the following year, a temporary church was consecrated and open to serve the Catholics in North Buffalo.

Interior of the temporary St. Margarets Church. 1917. Buffalo Stories archives.

Interior of the temporary St. Margaret’s Church. 1917. Buffalo Stories archives.

Within a year, the cornerstone was laid for the second St. Margaret’s Church. This is the building which was most recently St. Margaret’s School, and is currently under development by Iskalo to create 2,000 square feet of retail space and 24 apartments.

More than 1,000 people showed up to watch Bishop Dougherty lay the cornerstone for the building that served as St. Margarets Church from 1918-1957, and school from 1918-2012. The building is now being developed into a mixed use retail and residential space. Buffalo Stories archives

More than 1,000 people showed up to watch Bishop Dougherty lay the cornerstone for the building that served as St. Margaret’s Church from 1918-1957, and school from 1918-2012. The building is now being developed into a mixed use retail and residential space. Buffalo Stories archives

The rectory was built in 1924, and the current St. Margaret’s church building was built starting in 1957.

St. Margaret's School, 2015. Buffalo News photo

St. Margaret’s School, 2015. Buffalo News photo

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon is a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The storyteller and historian has written six books, worn bow ties since the 80s, and spent 20 years working in Buffalo radio and TV, climbing his way to news director at WBEN Radio. Since then, he's been an adjunct professor, produced PBS documentaries, and even run for Erie County Clerk. Steve's Buffalo roots run deep: all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, with his first ancestors arriving here in 1827.