Springville Center for the Arts

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The Baptist Church of Springville
Springville Baptist Jun 09.JPG
Springville Center for the Arts, June 2009
Springville Center for the Arts is located in New York
Springville Center for the Arts
Springville Center for the Arts is located in the US
Springville Center for the Arts
Location 37 N. Buffalo St., Springville, New York
Coordinates 42°30′35.14″N 78°40′1.52″W / 42.5097611°N 78.6670889°W / 42.5097611; -78.6670889Coordinates: 42°30′35.14″N 78°40′1.52″W / 42.5097611°N 78.6670889°W / 42.5097611; -78.6670889
Area 0.34 acres (0.14 ha)
Built 1869
Architect Porter, Cyrus K.; et al.
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival
NRHP Reference # 08001140[1]
Added to NRHP December 05, 2008

Springville Center for the Arts is a non-profit community multi-arts center located at Springville in Erie County, New York. It is housed in the historic The Baptist Church of Springville, a historic Baptist church. It was built in 1869, and is a red brick Late Gothic Revival-style church with limestone trim. It features a square corner bell tower.[2]

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.[1]


Springville Center for the Arts

Springville Center for the Arts opened in a store front location in 1998. The organization grew out of the long-standing community theater organization, the Springville Players, after a series of town hall meetings with interested artists and actors. The former Brown's Shoe Store was converted into a black box theater with adjoining gallery and reception space. Initial programming quickly expanded to include youth theater productions, a cinema program, workshops, a writers workshop and concerts.

In June 2007, the organization purchased a Baptist church dating to the 1860s. All programming is currently done at an interim setup at the site with extensive exterior restoration and interior renovations planned.

Springville Players[edit]

The Springville Players began producing live community theater in the 1966 with "Mr. Roberts". For the first thirty-two years, theater events took place at the Springville Griffith High School auditorium, Bluemont, and Springville Griffith Elementary School amongst other temporary locations before moving to a rented space at 35 East Main Street. Programming typically includes one drama, comedy and a musical per season and is coordinated by a volunteer committee. Starting in 2003 with Les Mis, an additional summer youth production was added.

Harold L. Olmsted Gallery[edit]

With the creation of an Arts Center in 1998, Springville Players, later Springville Center for the Arts, Inc., added a community gallery. Volunteers curated approximately twelve exhibits per year. The Harold L. Olmsted Gallery, named after a local notable architect, landscape architect and artist, was dedicated at the new facility on August 10, 2010 and continues to exhibit work by local artists.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)" (Searchable database). New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2016-04-01.  Note: This includes Daniel McEneny (August 2008). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: First Baptist Church of Springville" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-04-01.  and Accompanying 10 photographs

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