Canisius High School announces the purchase of the Conners mansion at 1140 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, directly across West Ferry Street from the Canisius campus. The newly-acquired 13,000 square foot facility was originally constructed as a private residence and recently served as a clubhouse for Gilda's Club of Western New York.
The acquisition allows Canisius to expand its campus and deepen its commitment to the arts as part of the quality Jesuit education offered at the school. The school is developing plans to transform the Conners mansion into Canisius' new center for the fine and performing arts. When renovations are completed, the center will include dedicated rehearsal spaces for music ensembles, individual practice spaces for student-musicians, a recording studio, and architecture, ceramics, sculpture and art classrooms. The first floor will serve as gallery space for art exhibits, and as a venue for 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 Father David Ciancimino, SJ, president.
Canisius High School will host tours of the new center for the arts when renovations are complete.