Montante Cultural Center
The award-winning Montante Cultural Center, located at Main and Eastwood Streets on the Canisius College campus, serves as the college's cultural center and performing arts facility. While preserving the integrity and beauty of the magnificent St. Vincent de Paul church, Canisius' $3.4 million renovation transformed the building into a 515-seat multi-use auditorium. It provides ample space for a variety of functions intended to enrich student growth at Canisius and serve alumni and the general public.
The renovation of a 74-year-old church into a performing arts center was made possible, in part, by a $1.5 million gift from Carol and Carl Montante to the Imagine Canisius campaign.
The project included complete refurbishment of the building’s exterior. The sandstone and limestone blocks outside and the bricks and tile inside were power cleaned, exposing fine mosaics and colorful details. Balcony seating was added and a professional stage and sound system was installed.