St. Vincent's Orphanage/Health Sciences Charter School


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Photo credit: David Torke, fixBuffalo and Mike Puma, ViewsOfBuffalo


1140 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14209
Had been part of 1313 Main St parcel
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SBL: 100.55-2-14.121
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Next to: Squier House


Health Sciences Charter School.
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Physical Description

Five story, 46,000 sq.ft. brick building

Current Condition

Renovated and in use as Health Science Charter School. The original cornice and brackets that fell off were unfortunately not replaced.


  • 1899 - Built as the St. Vincentís Female Orphanage Asylum in 1899. Designed by Green & Wicks.
  • 1948 - Orphanage closes after 50 years of educating and providing technical training to 10,000 young women.
  • 1952-1971 - The complex was occupied by Bishop OíHern High School
  • 1971-1981 - Used as the Erie Community College city campus until it moved to the Old Post Office.
  • 1983 - Purchased by cardiologist Kenneth Gayles, who had a failed plan to turn it into a medical facility.
  • 2001 - Auctioneer Cash Cunningham bought the entire property, which at this point consisted of the Squier House, the Green & Wicks building, and a 1935 Art Deco gym designed by Dietel and Wade.
History courtesy Buffalo Spree

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2005 - fixBuffalo reports building is for sale to any qualified buyer for cheap
  • 2006 - Soffit collapsing
  • September 2006 - "Preservation Board Meeting - Cash Cunningham was there. Here's the agenda item: 1140 Ellicott St. (former St. Vincent's Orphan Complex) Do temporary repairs to existing roof, remove/rebuild damaged eaves on structure, where required, to match existing, install Nord rubber membrane to overlap existing brick walls as a temporary measure" fixBuffalo
  • 2011 - Ellicott Development performs $5.7 million renovation for Health Science Charter School. Stieglitz Snyder and Paul L. Battaglia were the renovation projectís architects.

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Added 2013-01-21 • Last changed 2017-03-28