Weekly Feature



2012-03-29 / Editorial

Out of the Past

Christian Metz House


The Christian Metz House, located at 12 School St., near Union Road, remains one of West Seneca’s most historically significant buildings. Built in the 1840s and first used as a home by early sawmill operators, it was occupied by the leader of the Ebenezer Society or Community of True Inspiration, 24-year-old prophet Christian Metz. He left the area with the rest of the society in the 1860s. This photograph shows the building 40 years later, in 1903, when it was occupied by the Gascoyne family. During Prohibition in the 1920s and early 1930s, Julius Maslowski operated a speakeasy here. The house is currently owned by the Town of West Seneca. 
Courtesy of Jim Pace, town historian The Christian Metz House, located at 12 School St., near Union Road, remains one of West Seneca’s most historically significant buildings. Built in the 1840s and first used as a home by early sawmill operators, it was occupied by the leader of the Ebenezer Society or Community of True Inspiration, 24-year-old prophet Christian Metz. He left the area with the rest of the society in the 1860s. This photograph shows the building 40 years later, in 1903, when it was occupied by the Gascoyne family. During Prohibition in the 1920s and early 1930s, Julius Maslowski operated a speakeasy here. The house is currently owned by the Town of West Seneca. Courtesy of Jim Pace, town historian (Do you have a memory of the West Seneca area you would like to share with Bee readers? Send it to “Out of the Past,” West Seneca Bee, 5564 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14221-5410).

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