Taking pride in Babeville

Gizmodo has published a list of 14 Gorgeous Wedding Venues in States Where Gay Marriage Is Legal, and heading up the list is Ani DiFranco’s Babeville. The former Asbury Hall church conversion to concert hall is something that we can all be proud of, especially being in the midst of such good company. The building glows on the inside and on the outside, broadcasting a shining moment for Buffalo in the realm of inspirational conversion from a historic architectural gem on the brink of being demoed to a stellar example of adaptive reuse that is now ending up on nationally ranked destination listings such as the one that we see here. Congrats to all of the visionaries who refused to let Asbury Church end up in a landfill, and who pressed on with an undertaking that at times appeared to be insurmountable.

 

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Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Catalyst behind the Pierce-Arrow Film Arts Center. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette. Themed New Years mayhem at various locations. Next up: Porchfest... Also offers package tours of the city for groups or individuals. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

8 comments
grad94
grad94

damn obstructionists!

Bmeberle
Bmeberle

I have driven by this building dozens of times and I never knew what exactly it was used for.  That is an amazing interior space and a great example of preservation and reuse.

buffalorr
buffalorr

Asbury Hall is a shining example of re-use of an historic structure that at one time, was labeled as "falling down" and "ready for the wreckers ball". The fencing around Asbury-Delaware Church at that time was the same as now surrounds St. Ann's. which is also at a disadvantage by being off the beaten path. A challenge, but not insurmountable.

brownteeth
brownteeth

@buffalorr I agree, unfortunately the city can only absorb so many music venue conversions of old churches.  It will take some serious creativity to re-purpose all the churches currently on the danger list...

townline
townline

@brownteeth @buffalorr Music venue - maybe.  But its shocking how many downright depressing banquet and events spaces there are throughout Western New York - that people pay a lot of money to use...  I would argue there is actually a pretty significant market for conversion of more interesting, beautiful and built-to-last structures into places for events.

buffalorr
buffalorr

brownteeth--true that venues for music are limited but I'm thinking along the lines of wedding/ graduation/ confirmation/ celebrations along with meeting space for social organizations/ lectures/ film screenings. Heck, even the Bishop could hold fundraisers for VIP patrons in a nicely renovated church.

buffalorr
buffalorr

Townline--That's good to know as I'm not familiar with the Buffalo Market yet. I'll let the folks who're working on saving St. Anne's know about that. They'll be very interested in hearing.

Thanks.

eastamherstbias
eastamherstbias

@buffalorr 

Isn't that the way Babeville is. It has weddings, graduations & celebrations but also has music on the side. 

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