The former First United Brethren Church at 285 Masten Avenue (google map) is now for sale. Guerney Becker & Bourne has the listing. Designed in 1924 by noted Buffalo architect Frank A. Spangenberg, this English Gothic Revival style church remains in good condition.
The church is located in the middle of a neighborhood that's experiencing a burst of new interest and investment. A number of urban homesteaders have settled the surrounding neighborhood. There are also a growing number of urban experiments and urban farms that are just blocks away. Buffalo ReUse is nearby and this church is located on Masten Avenue between two of the City's major school renovation projects - Performing Arts and City Honors. Erie County's newest library is located around the corner and Artspace is just a few blocks away.
Frank A. Spangenberg is best known for his commissions on the City's West Side. He built North Park United Presbyterian in 1923 on Parkside Avenue. It was recently converted to a number of residential units and is now, the Lofts at Warwick. In 1925 Spangenberg built Parkside Lutheran on Wallace Avenue.
Spangenberg also contributed to the 1922 Plan of Buffalo which was written by famed planners Edward Bennett and William Parsons. It was the first written comprehensive plan for the growth and physical development of Buffalo and environs. The plan is noted for locating a number of important new civic spaces for the then rapidly developing City. The location of City Hall and the Central Terminal were determined at this time. Spangenberg contributed this rendering of an alternative location for City Hall near the intersection of Main and High Streets. It would would have built on a 200' wide boulevard surrounding the downtown core known at the time as the Traffic Way.
The $50,000 asking price might be just the right entry point for someone to consider a very creative secular reuse for this neighborhood landmark. Make sure to check out the listing for a peek inside the church. If you're interested in exploring this as a possibility, drop me an email. I can connect you with a number of people who've recently seen the interior space.