Canisius High School in Buffalo is getting ready to create a new art center. The school has purchased the Conners mansion at 1140 Delaware Avenue on Delaware. It is directly across from the school campus at the corner of Delaware and West Ferry Street.
The building formerly housed Gilda's Club of Western New York. The school said it will be transforming the former mansion into a new center for fine and performing arts to expand its campus.
Once renovated, the new space will provide a dedicated area for rehearsal for music ensembles and individual practice areas for student musicians. The 13,000 foot facility will feature a recording studio and space for architecture, ceramics, sculpture and arts classrooms. The first floor will serve as gallery space for art exhibits and special events.
“We have treasured our place in the City of Buffalo for nearly 150 years and are excited to be part of the growth and new energy evident all around us. The acquisition of this property presents a unique opportunity for Canisius. Our central location allows us to have a broad reach, easy access and warm welcome for students from both the city and suburbs. The new center for the arts will be a spectacular learning space and showcase for the talented actors, artists and musicians who attend Canisius.” said Fr. David Ciancimino, S.J., president.
Once renovations are complete, the school said it plans to host tours.