Kensington High School
319 Suffolk Street, Buffalo, NeY


1937. A project of the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, the school was a child of the Depression (when Art Deco was popular).


Daniel G. McNeil



Architectural Style:

Art Deco. One of two public Art Deco buildings in Buffalo, the other being City Hall (Central Terminal was privately financed)
More information:
Paul McDonnell, The Frederick Law Olmsted School at Kensington-Buffalo's Other Art Deco Building   Buffalo Rising (online Nov. 2012)

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Cornerstone: city of Buffalo seal

Cream-colored brick.

5-bay horizontal building

Central tower: Art Deco lettering.

Heavy piers help give vertical emphasis.

Central tower Art Deco stylized details:

Central tower detail

Central tower detail

Straight-headed, wooden sash windows

One of two low relief, stylized American eagles on side towers. .

Auditorium entrance on far side left wing. Note Art Deco lettering.

Side door surround.

Apartments, designed by E. B. Green and Sons - surround the school

Kensington H. S. is a neighborhood landmark.

Most 2-family houses were built in the 1930s and 1940s.

Text source: July 2000 Preservation Coalition Art Deco tour -- Tim Tielman, tour guide

Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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