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About the Kenan Center

“Results are determined not so much by the number of hours a man puts in, rather by what the man puts into the hours.” William R. Kenan, Jr.

Address & Contact
Campus Buildings
Items For Sale
Weddings & Event Rentals


It is the purpose of the Kenan Center to provide, promote and support integrated and comprehensive cultural, educational and recreational programs for the community. This is accomplished by developing and enlarging individual appreciation and understanding of history, science, religion, and the arts; and by encouraging an appreciation of our heritage and the understanding of its relevance to life as a whole.


Situated on 25 beautiful acres in Lockport, New York located in Niagara County, the historic Kenan Center campus is only a short drive from Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester and southern Ontario. Named for its benefactor, William Rand Kenan, Jr., the Kenan Center serves as a regional community center providing visitors and the community with arts, education and recreation programs.

Facilities include a sports arena, a converted carriage-house theater and community gathering room, an education building, outdoor recreational fields, a playground, and the Kenan house, an 1800's Victorian mansion featuring a year-round art gallery and formal gardens. Programs include a nursery school, extensive recreational offerings, gallery exhibits and a variety of programs offered by our affiliate groups. The Kenan Arena houses numerous special events, such as 100 American Craftsmen, kickboxing competitions, the Exchange Club Circus, and the new Niagara Wine & Beer Fest held in January.

Address & Contact

433 Locust Street
Lockport, New York 14094
Phone: (716) 433-2617
Fax: (716) 433-6645

195 Beattie Ave.
Phone: (716) 433-2619
Hours: vary depending on programming; closed major holidays.

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Kenan Center Hours

September-Memorial Day
Noon-5:00 pm Monday-Friday; 2:00-5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday

June-Labor Day
Noon-5:00 pm Monday-Friday; 2:00-5:00 pm Sunday; Closed Saturday

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.

Campus Buildings

The Kenan House, located at 433 Locust Street, includes the Kenan House Gallery, Business and Administrative Offices. A wheelchair ramp is located at the back of the house and leads to a wheelchair accessible bathroom. The second floor is not wheelchair accessible.
Taylor Theater Building, located in the south converted carriage house directly behind the house, includes the Taylor Theater, Meeting Room and Student Gallery, and Greenhouse. Entrance, with wheelchair access, is from the sidewalk between the Taylor Theater and Education Building.
Education Building, located in the north converted carriage house behind the Kenan house, includes the Kenan Center Nursery School, second floor art studio and public playground.
Kenan Arena and Annex, located at the back of the campus, can be accessed from Locust Street or Beattie Avenue. The Arena and Annex currently houses all sports and recreation programs, the 100 American Craftsmen show, and a variety of special events. Both the Arena and Annex facilities are available for special event and recreational rental. Call the Arena at 433-2619 for information.
Kenan Gardens. Landscaped gardens surround the north and south sides of the Kenan house and continue past the greenhouse. A wooden sitting deck is available at the back of the house as well as a terrace patio east of the greenhouse. This area is frequently used for outdoor weddings and receptions.

Download the Kenan Center History brochure to learn about the architectural details. (Large file.)

Download the Kenan Center Gardens brochure with guidemap to the grounds.(Large file.)

For individual or business membership information, please visit the Membership section.


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.

Get map at MapQuest.

A/V Equipment for Sale

All our previously listed projectors have been sold. Remaining is the GAF 2680 projector with 3 slide trays (works just like a top-loading carousel), and 6 140-slide trays that fit a Kodak 750/750 H projector. Prices are negotiable. All equipment is in working order, but is sold "as is." If interested, please send an email to Please, no phone calls.

GAF 2680 Slide Projector. Side mounted slide tray. Comes with power cord, remote adapter and 3 slide trays. $35.

Area Rugs for Sale

Kenan Center has two quality area rugs available for sale--one is a 10 x 16" the other is 11" to 33' x 13'. Condition of rugs varies.
Download a PDF to see images, descriptions and prices. For questions, please send an email to No phone calls please.

Wedding & Special Event Rentals

The Kenan Center is a popular and affordable venue for holding your wedding, reception, holiday party, family reunion or meeting. The Kenan House, Gardens, Taylor Theater and Community Room, Arena, and Arena Annex are available for rental. A tour of the spaces can be provided. Not all groups can be accommodated and availability of dates is dependent on Kenan Center programs and activities. Some spaces have size limitations.

Prices for House and Garden rental ranges from $75 for one hour of photos to $850 for up to eight hours use of the House and Gardens with a maximum of 250 people. (Tent rental is the responsibility of the lessee.) Prices are subject to change.

The Kenan Center has a limited number of plastic chairs for outdoor use, folding chairs for indoor use, and a selection of card tables and rectangular tables which may be used for your party. Our rental coordinator will assist you with your needs. Additional amenities such as sound system, podium, and screens may be rented at an additional charge.

All equipment including tents and sound equipment, serving ware, china, glassware, decorations and catering are the responsibility of the lessee.

Please call the business office at 433-2617 for current rates and to receive a rental package.

Shown is a typical wedding with indoor reception set up (all decor provided by private vendor). Move mouse pointer over slideshow to activate controls.

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