Governor Kathy Hochul announced on September 9 that the state Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding 19 properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. East Buffalo’s St. John Kanty Church Complex is one of the properties.
From the Governor’s announcement:
St. John Kanty Roman Catholic Church Complex, Erie County – Constructed initially in 1891 and concluding in 1966, this complex in Buffalo includes a Gothic Revival church, a Federal Revival rectory, a convent, and a lyceum (lecture hall). Its growth reflects the growth of the Polish immigrant community in the city’s East Side neighborhood from the late 19th to early 20th century. By the time of the church’s construction, there were about 80,000 Poles living in the area, making Buffalo’s “Polonia” one of the largest Polish communities in the United States.
“New York’s historical places are priceless treasures that help us connect with the past and our state’s rich heritage,” Governor Hochul said. “These nominations reflect the fantastic breadth of the state’s history and the prominent role New York has played in events that helped to sculpt our nation. These additions to the historic registers will help ensure there are resources available to protect these iconic places and that their stories will inspire us long into the future.”
A nomination like this and eventual listing will help ensure that the parish complex will be preserved well into the future. Places like St, John Kanty were a vital part of Buffalo’s history and can also play an important role in helping revitalize the East Side.