Italian-American History in Buffalo - Table of Contents

Centro Culturale Italiano Di Buffalo / Italian Cultural Center
2351 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY

Centro Culturale Italiano Di Buffalo - Official Website (online September 13, 2022)

On this page below:

Russell J. Salvatore Courtyard August 25, 2022 photos

Deidre Williams, "Shuttered North Park library to become Italian Cultural Center"

August 25, 2022 photos

Russell J. Salvatore Courtyard                Looking northwest, Delaware Avenue at the left       

Looking south on Hertel Avenue            Note marker  on flagpole at left, shown below:

Looking east  on Hertel                    Greetings From Hertel Avenue mural, by Nicole Cherry

The Clubhouse is the former North Park Branch Library, built in 1925 and shuttered in 2008 because of asbestos and lead paint.  The library was relocated to a nearby plaza at 975 Hertel Avenue.        

Note entrance Gibbs surround              Building and GFRC statuary details below:

Slate roof with snow birds        


Memorial engraved bricks walkway

Fountain details below:

Fountain detail #1 - Finial and gadroons

Fountain detail #2 - Gadroons

Fountain detail #3 - Lion  gargoyles

Fountain detail #4 - Palmettes and egg-and-dart molding

Fountain detail #5 - Cornucopia

Lampposts details below:

Acanthus leaves and gadroons

Bird bath and benches

Bird bath: Ribbons in front of gadroons, flutes and acanthus leaves

Bench egg-and-dart molding

Three bench details below:

Bench detail #1 

Bench detail #2  - Top

Bench detail #3 -  Anthemia flanked by scroll buttresses decorated with acanthus leaves

Bocce ball court

Partial reprint

Shuttered North Park library to Become Italian Cultural Center

The little brick building at Hertel and Delaware avenues will once again serve as an educational institution in North Buffalo.

The building, which has been vacant for more than 10 years and was under threat of demolition, was once the home of the North Park Branch Library.

Now it's one step closer to becoming an Italian cultural and educational center.

The Common Council's Legislation Committee recommended Tuesday the sale of the building to Centro Culturale Italiano Di Buffalo for $50,000.

The center will feature an artifacts museum, a sitting room with a fireplace and a reception area with espresso bar and cafe. Developer Nick Sinatra donated a teaching kitchen, said John A. Vecchio, the principal fundraiser.

The organization hopes to have the cultural center up and running in about a year, said Dr. Francesco Giacobbe, president of the organization.
It will be powerful to see a space transform again into the neighborhood's anchor, making cultural magic come to life all under one roof," Giacobbe said.

The 5,592-square-foot building at 2351 Delaware Ave. was built in 1925. It was once a vibrant community cornerstone, but was closed and its collection moved in April 2008 because of asbestos and lead paint. The building has been vacant since then. The library was relocated to a nearby shopping plaza on Hertel Avenue.

The former library was under threat of being demolished in 2015 when Benderson Development Co. wanted to tear it down to build a larger commercial-retail building on the site. The city also received at least two other proposals that involved razing the structure.

But in 2017, CCI announced its plans for the renovation of the historic building.

Photos and their arrangement 2022 Chuck LaChiusa
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