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Franklin Street apartments, St. Teresa’s Church among 8 nominees for historic register

Eight sites in Erie and Niagara counties have been recommended for the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Six of the sites are in Buffalo, with one in Depew and another in North Tonawanda.

Here’s the list, released Thursday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office as recommended by the state Board for Historic Preservation:

• The Rae Flats and Raleigh Apartments, 346 and 354 Franklin St., Buffalo. Built in 1892 and 1896, respectively, the buildings “reflect the evolution of apartment living around the turn of the 20th century.” (Application document)

• Ascension Roman Catholic Church complex, Robinson and Keil streets, North Tonawanda. This was the first Catholic Church built in North Tonawanda, having been founded to serve the growing immigrant population there at the turn of the 20th century. It served the community for over 100 years before it closed in 2007. (Application document)

• Buffalo Public School 63, 91 Lisbon Ave. “The excellent example of the standardized school plan was designed in 1917 to accommodate a growing population in the northern part of the city.” (Application document)

• Former Depew High School, 591 Terrace Blvd. Originally built in 1914 and significantly expanded in 1927, the building served as a high school until 1955 and was later used as an elementary school and administrative offices. (Application document)

• The Prospect Hill Historic District, Busti Avenue, Columbus Parkway, Columbus Park West, Niagara Street, Rhode Island Avenue, Vermont Street, Buffalo. According to the New York State Board for Historic Preservation, the “streetcar suburb” is composed almost entirely of detached one- and two-family houses built between the 1860s and the 1950s. It was home to many successful members of Buffalo’s Italian community. (Application document)

• St. Teresa’s Roman Catholic Church complex, Seneca Street and Mineral Springs Road, South Buffalo. “The significant collection of ecclesiastic buildings includes an 1898 Late Victorian Gothic-style church that anchors the complex, a school building built in 1907, an 1880 Queen Anne-style rectory, as well as a 1959 International-style parish hall,” the preservation board said. (Application document)

• The Colonial Flats and Annex, 399-401 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Originally built in 1890 for professionals seeking apartments away from downtown, the complex saw an annex added in 1896 to provide housing for the influx of visitors expected for the Pan American Exposition of 1901 and a commercial façade added in 1926 as commercial activity expanded north beyond the central business district, state officials said. (Application document)

• The Karnak Flats, 87 Whitney Place, Buffalo. The apartment building was built around 1898 in the Colonial Revival style and was designed to cater to a middle-class apartment dweller looking to move out of the city’s downtown to enjoy “suburban” living, officials said. (Application document)


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