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You may be living in an historic building

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Posted at 3:14 PM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-28 15:14:06-04

Your apartment, school or church could soon be an historical place.

Governor Cuomo announced Thursday morning that the New York State Board of Historic Preservation has recommended 27 properties, resources, and districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Eight of those are in Erie County.

"The history of New York is the history of our nation," Governor Cuomo said. "These landmarks are integral to New York's rich heritage and placing them on the State and National Registers of Historic Places will help ensure they are maintained and preserved for generations to come."

The list and information below was sent out by Governor Cuomo's office:

  • The Rae Flats and Raleigh Apartments, Buffalo – Constructed in 1892 and 1896, respectively, the apartment buildings reflect the evolution of apartment living around the turn of the 20th century.
  • The Ascension Roman Catholic Church Complex, North Tonawanda – Founded to serve the growing immigrant population that came to North Tonawanda at the turn of the 20th century, the first Roman Catholic Church built in the city served the community for over 100 years before closing in 2007.
  • Buffalo Public School #63, Buffalo – The excellent example of the standardized school plan was designed in 1917 to accommodate a growing population in the northern part of the city.
  • Depew High School, Depew – The building, originally constructed in 1914 and significantly expanded in 1927, served as a high school until 1955 and was later used as an elementary school and administrative offices.
  • The Prospect Hill Historic District, Buffalo – The “streetcar suburb” is composed almost entirely of detached one- and two-family houses built between the 1860s and the 1950s and was home to many successful members of Buffalo’s Italian community.
  • St. Teresa’s Roman Catholic Church Complex, Buffalo – The significant collection of ecclesiastic buildings includes an 1898 Late Victorian Gothic-style church that anchors the complex, a school building built in 1907, an 1880 Queen Anne-style rectory, as well as a 1959 International-style parish hall.
  • The Colonial Flats and Annex, Buffalo – Originally constructed in 1890 for professionals seeking apartments away from downtown, the complex saw an annex added in 1896 to provide housing for the influx of visitors expected for the Pan American Exposition of 1901 and a commercial façade added in 1926 as commercial activity expanded north beyond the central business district.
  • The Karnak Flats, Buffalo – The apartment building was constructed circa 1898 in the Colonial Revival style and was designed to cater to a middle-class apartment dweller looking to move out of the city’s downtown to enjoy “suburban” living.

Once the recommendations are approved, they will be entered on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information and pictures of the nominations, visit the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation website.