Historic Polonia District
The area around Broadway and Fillmore Avenue became the main quarters for Polish immigrants who arrived between the 1870's through the 1920's. Located two miles east from downtown Buffalo, Polonia is home to a beautiful collection of churches and architectural landmarks. With the founding of St. Stanislaus Parish in 1873, the area became the second largest Polish-American colony in the world outside of Poland.
Below is a series of photographs from the neighborhood. Although preservation efforts are in full force to save the remaining elements of this once bustling community, neglect and demolition are quickly eating away at the fabric of the district. In March 2018, a proposal to name this area a historic district went before the Preservation Board and the Common Council. Let's hope progress is made on this proposal so we can continue to preserve the buildings, worker's cottages and churches from future threat of demolition!