Villa Maria


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600 Doat Street, Buffalo, NY 14211
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SBL: 101.52-1-1
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Campus also known as:

  • 600 Doat Street Cheektowaga, NY
  • 240 Pine Ridge Road Buffalo, NY 14225
  • 240 Pine Ridge Heritage Boulevard Cheektowaga, NY 14225


FELICIAN SISTERS OF NORTH per Erie County propertyviewer
NYS Corporation and Business Entity Database

Physical Description

A three-part Gothic Revival building facing Doat Street at the Buffalo/Cheektowaga border. Part of a larger 9.3 acre campus that includes Villa Maria College.

Current Condition

"The re-design work focused on providing new and livable spaces for an aging population of Sisters." - PBN Award Nomination


  • 1901 - Catholic secondary school for young women begins in a small building at the corner of William and Kennedy
  • 1918 - School marks its official beginning by receiving its Regents Charter from the State of New York.
  • 1927 - Construction begins for the Felician Sisters of St. Francis to house a boarding and day high school, public and private chapels and the Motherhouse/Novitiate.
  • 1929 - Students move to newly completed facility at the present Doat Street location
  • 1960 - Villa Maria College was founded by Mother Mary Annette Guzowski and the Felician Sisters
  • 1967 - The high school’s name is changed to Villa Maria Academy.
History courtesy Villa Maria Alumni Association, BuffaloAH, and Wikipedia

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • June 2006 - The Academy closes its doors.
  • 2005-2009 - Reconstruction by Trautman Associates
  • July 2014 - Tour of campus by Explore Buffalo Tours.
  • March 2019 - '$15 million construction project will provide housing and support for women military veterans, families of domestic violence and individuals with low-to-moderate incomes as "Angela’s House."

It will feature 66 apartments and occupy 80,000 square feet in the western side of the building.' Buffalo News

Other Pertinent Facts

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.


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Added 2013-06-06 • Last changed 2019-03-20