9/08/2006

St. Vincent's - Update

At Thursday's Preservation Board Meeting - Cash Cunningham was there. Here's the agenda item:
  • 1140 Ellicott St. (former St. Vincent's Orphan Complex) Do temporary repairs to existing roof, remove/rebuild damaged eaves on structure, where required, to match existing, install Nord rubber membrane to overlap existing brick walls as a temporary measure
I met-up with Cash this afternoon in the parking lot behind Literacy Volunteers and St. Vincent's. Cash told me he's all set to start the work as soon as he recieves the permit.

I've been keeping track of recent developments involving this place - St. Vincent's Watch. Don't forget to check out the Squier Mansion. Cash picked up a Preservation Coalition Award for his work. Here in the neighborhood Cash has also found a solid tenant for a building at the corner of Main and Woodlawn that he purchased last year. Wrote about that good news in March.
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7 comments:

BuffaloRox said...

Glad to read that roof will be repaired. Seems that many buildings (Webb & Summit Electronics to name two) would be in a lot better condition today if the roof was sound. Great job raising people's awareness on the problems facing this building. Most people simply see the beautiful home of Literacy Volunteers.

Hope that it is not to late for another East Side treasure - the German Roman Catholic Orphanage. It's a beautiful collection of buildings. I love Norwalk Place too. Such jewel in the rough. Reminds me of a down on its luck Argyle Park. You once had some nice pics of the interior and grounds but the flickr link didn't work today. Streets surrounding the Orphanage seem to attract a lot of negative news if you know what I mean. Any sense of the amount of crime in that area?

fix buffalo said...

Rox,

Thanks for the kudos...I've arranged for a showing of St. Vincent's on Monday afternoon. Finger's crossed.

I spent sometime walking the GRCO neighborhood late this afternoon with a photographer interested in documenting Buffalo's urban decay. The GRCO will be placed on a new "watch list" soon. Another post is in the works.

Chatted with block club people and crime their is like crime in other parts of the near east side. Some, then alot, then nothing for a long time.

Today was the first time I really fell in love with the neighborhood and imagined the two prominent main buildings as seperate residences. Huge and cool.

Flickr back up soon...check back.

WestCoastPerspective said...

Have you seen the center-entrance colonial across from the Orphanage- it is on Linden Park and it is listed at around $150k. Beautiful home on a small street with well-kept homes. I have some pics if interested- caught my eye when browsing the home listings while I was back home and took a drive over there.

fix buffalo said...

Chris,

Send me the link...are you sure "Linden Park"? Let me know...

Anonymous said...

As long as existing = original construction. Existing doesn't mean tear off the cornice and sheet it over.

BuffaloRox said...

I'll keep my fingers crossed with St. Vincent's. I hope that GRCO gets some positive attention soon. I'm sure having a vacant building does not help the surrounding community. How did its condition compare to St. Vincent's?

I saw the pictures on the Linden Park house. Very nice. I hope it goes for well more than it's asking. It would be nice to see property values rise in that area as well.

Anonymous said...

I have posted this question before, to no avail, and I am now going to post it again; with all due respect to Mr. Cunningham…

I had assumed that Cash Cunningham owned all three St Vincent’s buildings (Squires Mansion, Gymnasium and School Building) but was lead to believe that since the School building was in such bad shape, that the property must have been sub-divided and that Mr. Cunningham must not have owned the entire complex after all…

Now, it comes to light that Mr. Cunningham will be involved in this buildings restoration.

Wonderful; but, has he owned this building all along and, if so, why has it taken him this long to respond to the needs of this building?

I just hope he does a better exterior renovation job than the Squires Mansion. Power wash and re-point the exterior brick and not some ugly blue-paint job please!