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Slawinski at Assumption Church
An Anecdote by Max Willig, Architect
April 2011

In 1960, Marine Trust Bank gave The Amherst National Bank Building, 415 Amherst Street to the Assumption Church next door, when they built their new branch in 1960 at Amherst & Tonawanda Streets.  That was just before the Church brought Jozef Slawinski from Poland to Buffalo to execute his first sgraffito  murals in this country at the Chuch.  

Slawinski lived for the year he was working at Assumption in a small apartment which was in the bank building's mezzanine.  

Father Richard Jedrzejewski, the Priest at Assumption Church, remembered seeing large easels in the apartment, with charcoal drawings of Slawinski's, which were the studies for the final murals. 

I purchased the Bank Building in 1996, and have since been engaged in a restoration and adaptive re-use of this magnificant  structure.  The building is now my home & office. 

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