City For Sale - Part II

While reviewing the City's in-rem listing - story here - for next week's tax foreclosure sale, St. Matthew's Church at 1066 East Ferry Street is topping the list - again. fixBuffalo readers may remember a series of posts about the last time this heritage property was sold - here's the archive - by the City, at the 2006 tax sale.


A truly amazing space that's ripe for the right person to pound into a creative live/workspace. The possibilities here seem endless.


St. Matthew's first opened in 1928. For seventy years - with the adjacent school, convent and priest's residence - St. Matthew's served a parish that declined by the decade. In 1998 the local Diocese split the property and sold the church building for $22,000 to a congregation that abandoned the premises six years later. As that congregation became delinquent with water bills and user fees, the City sold St. Matthew's for the staggering sum of $3500 (yes - three thousand five hundred!) in 2006. While the current owners attempted to sell the church on eBay a number of times during the past two years, deals collapsed.


If past experience is any guide for this year's auction - the next person or group willing to part with $3500 - with a cool plan in hand - will own one of the most amazing spaces currently available in the City.

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Check back next week for the City's auction results and report about what's happening with St. Matthew's. Tomorrow, another heritage property, yet another church on the auction block - with some equally amazing buildings, parish hall, priest's residence and former convent included. Sort of amazing and staggering.
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D-Zasstruss said...

My dream recording studio! I need an excuse to move out there!

Fortunate4now said...

It's too bad more abandoned/defunct churches aren’t converted into theaters or even musical venues.
By design the floor layout directs the attention of the congregation to one central focal point, which is perfect for a “performance” application.

This church in tonawanda is a great example of a successful conversion:


Anonymous said...

Re-comment here:

I keep thinking of the reuse of religious buildings and kept meaning to send you links to see what has been done in Pittsburgh. So here are some examples:


James Center

Great Hall

Gregory Patterson-Tanski