Rosary Hall Named Local Historic Landmark
Rosary Hall, Representing work of Buffalo Master Architect George Cary, Named Historic Landmark
April 15, 2013
Contact: Mike Andrei
At a meeting Wednesday, the Amherst Historic Preservation Commission designated Rosary Hall, one of two Italian Renaissance Revival buildings on the Daemen College campus, an historic landmark.
The other example of this distinctive architectural style is the former Coplon Mansion, now Curtis Hall, which received local historic landmark status from the Town in August, 2012. Both structures are important early examples of suburban development in Amherst.
“The designations of these two buildings as local historic landmarks are compelling examples of Daemen’s commitment to the preservation of our area’s architectural legacy,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson.
“These actions support the Daemen Mission of putting great value on the well-being of communities and demonstrate our dedication to being good stewards of our community.”
Built around 1912 as the Crouch-Waite mansion, the house was designed by George Cary, one of the few native-born Buffalo architects. Cary is best known for designing several landmark Buffalo buildings, among them the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, the Pierce-Arrow administration building, Buffalo General Hospital, and several buildings on what is now the University at Buffalo’s South Campus.
The house was passed on to the Waite family, who sold the estate to the Sisters of St. Francis in 1948. Renamed Rosary Hall, the mansion was used to house the Sisters’ new educational endeavor for women, Rosary Hill College.
Retaining the name Rosary Hall, the building how houses the Daemen College Admissions offices as well as the offices of the College External Relations staff.