About the Transit Road Church
Year Built: ca. 1854
Sponsored By: Currently Not Sponsored
Originally located on Transit Road near Muegel Road, this typical country church served the German-speaking Lutheran residents of East Amherst, NY, until the 1960s. As inscribed above its door, it originally served as the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. With the exception of the altar window, all the stained glass windows and the first four pews in the church are the originals. The altar window is a modern adaptation created by Frohe Art Glass—the very firm that created the original windows.
What YOUR support will do…
Although much restoration work has been completed on the church, more is needed. Our plan includes a new ceiling for the building and restoration of the interiors. The long range plan for the building will also include the development of a period appropriate garden surrounding the church.
The annual cost associated with the maintenance of the Transit Road Church, as well as desired projects needed to meet Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village’s goals as an educational center, is estimated at around $7,000. A five year pledge of $35,000 is needed to better care for the structure, interpret the dwelling, and align Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village with the New York State Core Curriculum for our visiting classroom students. Such supported projects will also directly increase admission numbers and help the museum become a self-sustaining center for learning and tourism.
Your support will help the highly trained staff at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village:
- Restore the roof of the building
- Complete work needed to maintain the building on an annual basis
- Complete a Conservation Assesment Report with a local historic architect
- Stabilize and see to the structural needs of the house as per the Conservation Assessment Report
- Restore the ceiling, interiors and furnishings
- Redo and add historically-appropriate landscaping to the Church