Kevin Guest House on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will be able to take in more patients and families when its expanded services open in July.
"We're hoping we can take the month of June to move," said Pamela Chrzanowski, development director of Kevin Guest House, which hosts families of patients coming to Buffalo for critical care.
The medical hospitality home, at 782 Ellicott St., is working on renovation to the adjacent three-story, 1888 grand Victorian mansion at 766 Ellicott. The mansion is the 2017 Junior League of Buffalo Decorators' Show House.
Known as the August Feine House, the building at 766 Ellicott is being restored as part of an expansion campaign for the organization. The home will be renamed after the renovation to the Russell J. Salvatore Hospitality House on the Kevin Guest House Campus.
Centered in the heart of the campus, the home will allow the Kevin Guest House to double the number of patients and families it can serve.
"Junior League is trying to keep in mind what its intended purpose will be," Chrzanowski, a member of Junior League, said of the Show House design and renovations to the home.
To date, $2.2 million of organization's $3 million capital campaign – which included the $785,000 purchase of the August Feine home from the law firm Schroeder, Joseph & Associates LLP and construction expenses – has been raised, Chrzanowski said.
Renovation work includes four family suites with private baths, two transplant recovery apartments and shared kitchen, living and relaxation areas. There will also be an elevator for handicapped access.
"For the first time in 45 years, we'll be able to accommodate handicapped individuals," Chrzanowski said. "Right now, people who can't do stairs we have to turn away."
On average, Kevin Guest House has had to turn away about 400 people a year, many of those because there has not been handicapped accessibility or because the campus is full. The organization also is seeing an increased need for their services since the Jan. 15 closing of Hope Lodge on Summer Street that had been run by the American Cancer Society.
"We're seeing more people come to us," Chrzanowski said. "We're really the only stop for people."
The organization also is redoing the basement of the Feine home much earlier than it initially planned to create a playroom for younger children since the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital will open on the medical campus later this year. A media room and laundry facilities will also be offered.
The Show House will be open to the public April 29 to May 21. During that time, Kevin Guest House plans to have an outdoor cafe with patio tables on its property. Tours will include the main home at 782 Ellicott, its rear healing garden and the entire campus.
The opening of the mansion will be timed with the Kevin Guest House anniversary on July 26.