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'Castles' of LaSalle to be featured

The red brick "Castle House" at Cayuga Drive and Lindbergh Avenue will be among the homes featured in a free, public multimedia presentation called "Castles of Cayuga Drive" at 6 p.m. today in the LaSalle Branch of the Niagara Falls Public Library, 8728 Buffalo Ave.

The program is the last in the series of illustrated lectures on the history of the former Village of LaSalle, now a neighborhood in the City of Niagara Falls. The programs are expected to be resumed in the fall.

They are researched and presented by local historians Elaine Timm and Teresa Lasher Winslow.

Timm is a member of the Niagara Falls Preservation Commission, LaSalle PRIDE Inc., the Historical Society of North German Settlements of Western New York and the board of the Niagara Falls Historical Preservation Society.

Winslow is a former official historian of Niagara County with a special interest in LaSalle.

The Village of LaSalle, which at the time was in the Town of Niagara, was formed in 1897. For 30 years, as industries developed along the Niagara River, the historians said, LaSalle became a bedroom community for the management and workers of those industries. The village was annexed as part of the City of Niagara Falls on June 1, 1927.

"Areas of the village, such as Cayuga Drive, saw the building of beautiful homes," Winslow said. "The highly recognized 'Castle House,' built in the 1890s, is the finest example of Queen Anne style in LaSalle."

At the other end of the block, at the "Y" intersection of Cayuga Drive and North Military Road, is the Leonard J. Luick house, built by a local contractor. "From the 1940s to 1994, the house served as the convent for the Franciscan Sisters from Prince of Peace Catholic Church," the researchers said.

The historic neighborhood programs are sponsored by the History Committee of LaSalle PRIDE Inc., the Friends of Local History and the Niagara Falls Public Library.