Public School 24 / 59 / C.R. Drew Science Magnet


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December 2008

November 2016

March 2017
Photo credit: David Torke, fixBuffalo, ROCC, John Straubinger


769 Best Street, Buffalo, NY 14211
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Next to: 1076 Genesee Street
Across from: Public School 24 [original]


PARKVIEW APARTMENTS HOUSING per City of Buffalo Property Information
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Physical Description

Four story brick school building on a corner parcel, across from MLK Park (The Parade)

Current Condition

Undergoing renovation into apartments


  • 1901 - Built as School 24. Architect Charles D. Swan
  • Renamed School 59 in 1976
  • Later renamed the CR Drew Science Magnet school, after Charles R. Drew, an African-American physician and medical researcher who pioneered blood banking during World War II.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2002 - School closed.
  • November 2014 - Plan announced for a residential renovation project. Parkview Apartments would contain 26 units. Inclusion Development Associatesí Rhonda A. Ricks is spearheading the project. Buffalo Rising
  • March 2016, Jim Fink in Business First: "Citizens Bank is providing the $4.58 million construction loan to Parkview Apartments of Buffalo LLC, the Miami-based real estate development and invest firm that is taking on the $7.2 million project. Parkview Apartments is an affiliate of Stuart Alexander & Associates, which has worked on several other Buffalo residential-based projects. Located almost across from Martin Luther King Jr. Park and the Buffalo Museum of Science, the school has been vacant for nearly a decade. The four-story, circa-1901 building, with 49,071-square-feet, had been used as a school since its earliest days. The Buffalo School District closed School 59, formerly School 24, because of dwindling enrollments."

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