Niagara Falls Episcopal Urban Ministry - 140 Rainbow Blvd - Niagara Falls, NY 14303
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
A Niagara Gazette article reviewing a a document prepared by the Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Commission in conjunction with the city of Niagara Falls Planning Office and Ken Zollitsch dated March 2005. The document describes the physical structures of the property and the interior design.
The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center maintains a collection of the ledgers and, and registers of St. Peter's Episcopal Church. The records were scanned into digital format with the work of MFRHC and are available for the public's use. Click here to access.
Many African Americans attended this church, as did Peter A. Porter and Elizabeth Porter, abolitionists. This history is contained in this article from Niagara Falls Underground Railroad as well as this article from The Journal of the Dead Beats Society.
For more on Gothic Revival architecture, start here.
There would be no history on St. Peter's without the Falls itself, so indulge us in a short meditation.
"We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation," begins the blessing of the baptismal water. From the parting waters of liberation at the Red Sea, to the water flowing from our Savior's side on the cross, to the water of our own baptism: as Christians, we are always accompanied by water.
“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.”
― Norman Maclean,
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories