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Amherst in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Former Saint Mary of the Angels

Convent and Motherhouse of the Sisters of Saint Francis - 1928 to 1999

 
 
Former Saint Mary of the Angels Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
1. Former Saint Mary of the Angels Marker
Inscription. In 1901, John Blocher donated 100 acres to the Sisters of Saint Francis on the condition that they build and operate a home for the aged on the property. The Sisters expanded an existing farm house to open the Holy Family Home in 1902. In 1928 they built a new convent and motherhouse - Saint Mary of the Angels. This building was the headquarters for the order until 1999, and was the center of the Sisters' work in caring for the elderly and infirm, and in training members of the order for service in Catholic schools and churches throughout the Buffalo area.

The 100 acre parcel was gradually subdivided, making way for residential development, for the new Holy Family Home in 1962, for Saint Francis Home in 1956, and for the new St. Mary of the Angels on Reist Street in 1999. In 1999 the remaining lands became Amherst State Park, and the former Motherhouse has been converted to St. Mary's Commons apartments for seniors.

Aerial view of the Motherhouse complex in the 1950's. Photo courtesy of Sisters of Saint Francis, Amherst, NY.
 
Location. 42° 58.385′ N, 78° 44.841′ W. Marker is in Amherst, New York, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Mill Street north of Stanton Street. Click for map. The entrance to Amherst State Park and the
Former Saint Mary of the Angels Marker and Motherhouse image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
2. Former Saint Mary of the Angels Marker and Motherhouse
Motherhouse is off Mill Street, west side, north of Stanton Street. Use the long entrance driveway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Mill Street, Buffalo NY 14221, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Williamsville Water Mill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Williamsville Christian Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); SS. Peter & Paul Church (approx. mile away); U. S. Barracks 1812 (approx. 0.8 miles away); War of 1812 Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away); Site of Wolf's Mill (approx. 2.7 miles away); Earliest Church (approx. 3.3 miles away); A Tribute of Love (approx. 3.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Amherst.
 
Also see . . .
1. Amherst State Park - History. (Submitted on March 15, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. St. Mary's Apartments. Current manager of the senior apartments here. (Submitted on March 15, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
Categories. Charity & Public Work
 
East Side image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
3. East Side
Center Front Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
4. Center Front Entrance
Front - West End image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
5. Front - West End
West Side image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
6. West Side
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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