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Buffalo church gets grant money for restoration

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We told you awhile back about letters and statues discovered in one of the giant crosses that sits atop Corpus Christi Church in Buffalo. Now, the church with such a rich history on the city's East Side is making sure it'll be around to share it for years to come. YNN's Katie Morse tells us us how.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — It's an amazing piece of architecture on Buffalo's East Side. Corpus Christi Church was built by Polish immigrants and finished in 1909.

"I don't think a person has to be a member of any particular faith or sect, you just have to have an appreciation for history and for beautiful architecture and for beautiful art, and all of those things come together perfectly I think at Corpus Christi," said Michael Henry, M&T Bank VP of Credit Administration.

But church leaders know the beauty inside can't be preserved without work to the outside.

"The building is 100 years old. And when we started working on this building 10 years ago, we realized we have to preserve the exterior envelope, that's the term they use, first," said Jim Serafin, the Friends of Corpus Christi President.

The basement has water damage that's threatening the structure, and the north tower needs to be repaired. Corpus Christi was awarded a grant from M&T Bank, and that'll be added to state grant money, to pay for the half a million dollar project.

The work on the tower and drainage system is just another step parishioners are taking to preserve the church. They say, it's a lasting piece of history in the city, and they want to make sure it's around for another century, and beyond.

"It's one of those you've got to see it to believe it sort of things. This is a building that was built with pennies, nickels and dimes over 100 years ago. And it's built with the true old world craftsmanship that you never see nowadays," said Henry.

"A lot of the story of Buffalo is the story of the East side of Buffalo. And we are one of the key players on the east side," said Serafin. "And as you understand our story, and what was done with it, and the commitment to really a treasure, it makes an impact."

The drainage and north tower are just the latest part of the church's restoration. The entire project will take about 10 more years.

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