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So…there I was flipping through Saint Stanislaus’ Golden Jubilee book and he was staring at me from page 259…Wladyslaw H. Zawadzki.  I had never seen a picture of him.

Zawadzki was a neighborhood architect responsible for many of B-F’s more prominent buildings.

A couple of years ago I did a couple of slide shows featuring his B-F work after discovering

About Zawadzki from from the “Intensive Level Historic Resources Survey of Broadway-Fillmore Neigborhood” completed by Clinton Brown Company Architecture in August 2004.”

Zawadski’s first major commission was for the Dom Polski building at 1081 Broadway. His largest commissions in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood were for religious and social buildings. He designed the Transfiguration R.C. School (1915, 34 Stanislaus Street), a classical-inspired building, and Transfiguration Rectory (1925, 144 Mills Street), one of his latest works. He was commissioned for Queen of the Most Holy Rosary R. C. Church, a combined church and school building, at 1040 Sycamore Street (1916-1917). For St. Stanislaus parish he executed plans for a convent (1916-1917, 562 Fillmore Avenue) in a modified Georgian Revival style to give an air of comfortable domesticity to the large multiple dwelling.

He also designed for the parish a garage with living quarters (1919, 123 Townsend Street). Zawadzki drew plans for the three of the most important Polish-American neighborhood social and cultural centers: the Renaissance style Dom Polski Building (1905-1906, an institution modeled on the YMCA) at 1081 Broadway, the Polish Singing Circle Building (1907) at 1170 Broadway, and impressive, three-story Polish Union Hall (1914) at 761 Fillmore Avenue.

Zawadzki is attributed to a number of commercial buildings. Among his commercial buildings on Broadway are the former Polonia Hotel (1906; later remodeled as a bank) at 1067 Broadway, diminutive Romanesque style Hodkiewicz-Cohen Bakery (1906) at 1132 Broadway, and the Renaissance style Lipowicz’s wholesale grocery store (1912; an earlier section by an unknown architect was built ca. 1900 at 1201 Broadway). Other works include a building for the A. Schreiber Brewing Company to house the company offices and the bottling works (1909, 662 Fillmore Avenue) and three residences.

Other buildings attributed to Zawadski include: St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Byzantine-Church (1906) in Black Rock; St. Nicholas Ukrainian-Byzantine Catholic Church (1917-1919, Fillmore Avenue and Oneida Street); St. Luke’s Church and School (1908-1919, Sycamore Street and Miller Avenue); St. Casimir Church and School (1906, Weimar and Casimir Sts.); Public School No. 3 in Buffalo; St. John Gualbert (1917) in Cheektowaga; Church Rectory and Home of Sisters of St. Augustine in Depew. Sts. Peter & Paul in Depew, St. Trójcy in Niagara Falls; St. Stanislaus Kostki in Niagara Falls; St. Trójcy in Erie, PA; and the Polish Church in Batavia.

Seeing his picture has inspired me to do a re-shoot of his buildings in B-F…gives me something to work on in the summer months.  With video technology and the internet changing rapidly, I will be able to do a higher quality slide show.  His buildings need the attention too.

After this face to face with him, it only seems fitting.

Glad to finally meet you Mr. Zawadzki!

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9 thoughts on “Finding Zawadzki

  1. Zawadzki’s body of work is nothing short of amazing. Thank you, Chris for not only the great posts concerning Zawadzki but for your amazing site. Alive!

  2. I have long thought that my house at 615 Fillmore Ave, as well a similar, but larger dwelling at about 860 Fillmore were designed by him.

  3. Zawadzki buildings in Niagara County include Holy Trinity School, Rectory, and Convent in Niagara Falls. In North Tonawanda Zawadzki was responsible for Our Lady of Czestochowa Rectory and School in North Tonawanda.

  4. Does anyone know whatever happened to the suburban couple’s plan to restore and move into Zawadzki’s home and office? Did it ever come to fruition?

  5. We need a Zawadzki monument in B-F…it is cool that we can focus on his work and literally illustrate his importance on the history of the neighborhood, Buffalo and WNY.

  6. That’s great to hear that they are working on the property. I’m in complete agreement regarding a monument to Zawadzki. Space to put it certainly isn’t an issue in B-F. Thanks again, Chris.

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