Members of a St. Matthew's facebook group had an opportunity recently to tour St. Matthew's Church on East Ferry Street (google map). While the collapse of St. Matthew's is well known to neighborhood residents and fixBuffalo readers - see archive for pics/posts - many of the former parishioners witnessed the remains of their former place of worship for the first time.
One former student drove all the way from Ohio to see what remains of St. Matthew's. He brought his daughter and other former students, now living in the suburbs, brought their children. One couple retraced their walk down the aisle from 27 years ago.
After describing the failed attempt to flip the church on eBay and the recent $1 sale, the tour group visited the choir loft and recounted stories of the school's music teacher. At the end of the tour, I encouraged everyone to consider engaging in the City's new dialog around preservation and investment. To get started, I suggested they join The Campaign for Greater Buffalo and/or visit the new art museum on Elmwood, the Burchfield Penny.