In the 1920s, a fire ravaged Gowanda and left only a pile of rubble where its grand Opera House once stood. The community was devastated, but a local businessman was waiting in the wings to construct its next great movie playhouse.
The full article is available in the Fall 2011 Issue.
The experiences of Eugene Hegedüs, who came to this region as a refugee after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, shed light on the history of the local Piarist Fathers, the Calasanctius School and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Graycliff estate.
What began as a small church band has evolved to become one of Western New York's most unique musical ensembles.
The restoration of Shea's entrance façade is more than an embellishment. It will be an important symbolic transformation.