Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 724 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo will officially open their new west entrance following the worship service Sunday at noon. The work was part of the church’s $3 million New Beginnings capital campaign. In addition to the new entrance, the campaign sought to preserve and enhance other parts of the over 150 year-old camps.
Formally a small two-story house, the structure behind the church was converted into a two-story entrance by connecting it to the rear of the main church building. Many of the historic elements of the building were retained while also updating the structure to serve as the new entrance.
Prior to the start of the project, the house had been mostly unused by the church. It was designed by the local award-winning architectural firm Hamilton Houston Lownie, LLC, and the entrance will serve as a focal point and connection between the campus buildings. Previously, the rear entrance to the church was hard to access and required visitors to walk through a kitchen. “In a world that is fractured and contentious our aim is to open our doors and hearts to the people of this community and beyond, to welcome them to Westminster.” said Rev. Tom Yorty.
A uniquely progressive and yet traditional mainline Presbyterian congregation of more than 900 members, Westminster Presbyterian Church is an open and welcoming community. Westminster has been a More Light congregation for more than 25 years. Continuing the tradition of service to neighbors, members support outreach throughout the City of Buffalo. Through interfaith activities and efforts to become a “green” campus, the people of Westminster strive to be good stewards of the community and the planet.