Address & Contact
433 Locust Street
Lockport, New York 14094
Phone: (716) 433-2617
Fax: (716) 433-6645
KENAN CENTER ARENA
195 Beattie Ave.
Phone: (716) 433-2619
Hours: vary depending on programming; closed major holidays.
From the Niagara Falls area, take Saunders Settlement Rd. (Rte. 31) east to the City of Lockport. In Lockport, turn right onto Transit Rd. (Rte. 78) and proceed south to traffic light at Willow St. Make a left onto Willow and proceed two blocks to stop sign at Locust St. Turn right. Kenan Center is on your left at 433 Locust St.
From the Buffalo area, take I-290 (Youngmann Highway) to I-990 (Lockport Expressway). Proceed north on I-990 to last exit and turn left onto Millersport Highway (Rte. 263). Take Millersport north to the end and continue north (left) on Transit Rd. (Rte. 78) to City of Lockport. In Lockport, turn right onto Lincoln Avenue (across the street from Rite Aid), and proceed to first traffic signal at Locust St. Lockport High School is on your right. Turn left at signal. Kenan Center is on your right.
From the Rochester area, take I-90 west to exit 50 (Williamsville). Take the I-290(Youngmann Expressway)to I-990 (Lockport Expressway). Then follow directions from Buffalo area.
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Kenan Center Hours
Noon-5:00 pm Monday-Friday; 2:00-5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday
Noon-5:00 pm Monday-Friday; 2:00-5:00 pm Sunday; Closed Saturday
BUSINESS OFFICE HOURS
Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00 pm. Closed major holidays.
The Kenan Center is located on the north side of the Kenan House just inside the business office entrance.
Kenan Center History and Architecture
For those who marvel at the beauty of heritage architecture, and find history fascinating, the Kenan Center offers many opportunities to delve into the past! We welcome visitors to stroll through the 1859 Kenan House, open during gallery hours, Monday-Friday, Noon to 5 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 2-5 pm (Labor Day-Memorial Day.) Much of original structure and architectural details remains, making it a stunning example of late 19th century Italianate design. Visitors can also enjoy special touring opportunities during community events such as Lockport in Bloom which takes place every July and the Historic Holiday Tour of Homes in November.
After several years of acquiring period furniture and room decor and having custom upholstery and draperies created, Mrs. Kenan’s sitting room, otherwise known as the Ladies’ Parlor, is now on view. The room has been recreated based on a photo taken in 1913, the year the Kenan’s moved into the house on Locust Street. Enjoy this glimpse of life at the turn-of-the-century when visiting the Kenan Center House and Gallery.
On display in the Ladies’ Parlor are also two original pieces of furniture that had belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Kenan, and had been stored at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida, the former residence of Mr. Kenan’s sister, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler. Our thanks to Thomas S. Kenan III, great-nephew of Williams R. Kenan, Jr., for providing the funds to return the furniture pieces to their home.
Niagara County Bicentennial Quilt
The Kenan Center Quilters’ Guild, through many months of collaborative effort, put together this stunning quilt that depits the many historical sites throughout Niagara County. The quilt now hangs in the Kenan Center House Gallery and can be viewed any time during gallery hours.
For more on the Kenan Center buildings and campus, visit the Campus page where you can also download a copy of our House History and Gardens brochures.
Historic Lockport is a wonderful place for a day trip! During the warm weather months, you can take a boat ride through the Erie Canal Locks; all year long, there are other historic sites to visit such as the Erie Canal Discovery Center, the First Presbyterian Church which features original Tiffany stained glass windows, and, of course, the Kenan Center.
Visiting the Niagara Region
What is there to do after visiting the Falls? Plenty! The Niagara region is a virtual playground of historical, natural, and cultural offerings. Visit our wine trails along Lake Ontario or enjoy some of the best fishing around. Sample the fresh fruits and produce from our many local farms or go antique hunting. Take a ride through the locks on the Erie Canal or immerse yourself in art at one of our many galleries. And don’t forget, we’re right across from Canada which offers its own distinctive blend of culture and attractions.