The Canisius High School campus is growing. On Monday, May 22, 2017 Canisius President Fr. David Ciancimino, S.J. announced that Canisius High School has purchased the Conners mansion at 1140 Delaware Avenue, directly across West Ferry Street from the CHS campus. This newly-acquired 13,000 square feet of space will allow Canisius to expand its campus and deepen its commitment to the arts as part of the outstanding Jesuit education offered at the school.
The Conners mansion was originally constructed as a private residence and recently served as a clubhouse for Gilda's Club of WNY. It will become Canisius' new center for the fine and performing arts with rehearsal spaces for drama, music ensembles, individual practice spaces for student-musicians, a recording studio, and space for architecture, ceramics, sculpture and art courses. The first floor will serve as gallery space for art exhibits, and as a venue for special events.
The new center for the arts will be a spectacular learning space and showcase for the talented actors, artists and musicians who attend Canisius. This school year Canisius had 408 students enrolled in arts courses, and over 100 students involved in extra-curricular arts activities.
Thanks to the school's benefactors, Canisius is on solid financial footing and in a position to act on this unique opportunity to purchase a building, which is in excellent shape, adjacent to the CHS campus.The timetable for opening the space to students has not been announced yet. Some renovations will be needed to configure the space for learning. Watch the video below, featuring CHS student-musicians, to get a brief look at the new building.