6/24/2008

Sealed Up Spruce Street...

On Friday I met with City officials and explained the plight of the First German Baptist Church (1870) over on Spruce Street - see Death or Resurrection. I sat down with Council President David Franzcyk, Commissioner Rich Tobe and Michele Brozak, the secretary of the City's Preservation Board.
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After discussing the situation with Rich Tobe and sharing with him that the stained glass, heating system and pews were still intact, we walked down the hall and he directed City inspectors - Mike Schieber and Tracy Krug to send out the City's board-up crew. Later, Michele Brozak assured me that she'd keep a watchful eye on this piece of the City's unique cultural heritage as the owners - Trinity Baptist Church 2926 Bailey Avenue - prepare to demolish the church.
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I placed numerous calls to Pastor Jemmison on Friday and stopped over to see him. Still no word. Meanwhile if any fixBuffalo readers have additional historical pics of this church, kindly let me know. I'd like to share them here.

Yesterday, a fixBuffalo friend and I headed over to Spruce Street and noticed that Rich Tobe and third floor folks at City Hall had sealed the doors. I'll be keeping a close eye on this amazing little church.

Thanks Rich.
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3 comments:

ibuild said...

Would the owner deed it over to a responsible buyer who has a renovation plan and financing?

This would save them the cost of demolition (probably $30,000+)
and save the ca. 1870 building.

What is the surrounding setting of the building like?

Karen Freiman said...

Does anyone know where the records of the congretationists from the late 1800s and early 1900s can be obtained? I was a long time resident of Buffalo who currently lives in Arizona. I am seeking information on where my relatives were buried as they were members of this congregation. Thank you for any input you can give me.

Karen Freiman
karen@meetingplanningservices.org

Karen Freiman said...

Does anyone know where the records of the congretationists from the late 1800s and early 1900s can be obtained? I was a long time resident of Buffalo who currently lives in Arizona. I am seeking information on where my relatives were buried as they were members of this congregation. Thank you for any input you can give me.

Karen Freiman
karen@meetingplanningservices.org