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About the Kenan Center

Address & Contact
Campus Buildings
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 Montessori Preschool, extensive recreational offerings, gallery exhibits and a variety of programs offered by our affiliate groups. The Kenan Arena houses numerous special events, including the annual 100 American Craftsmen craft show, Niagara Wine & Beer Tasting Fest held in January, biennial Quilt Show, sporting events, antique shows, and more.

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 and multi-purpose Meeting Room. 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 Montessori Preschool, 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. A variety of recreational programs take place in the Arena and Annex including youth soccer, the Buffalo Co-ed Lacrosse League, WNY Roller Hockey, and Niagara Jr. Thuderwolves baseball and softball. The Annex also features equipment for baseball and softball training that is available for team rentals. In 2015, the Sports & Rcereation Department added a 6-week summer youth recreational program for ages 7-15. The Annex, in addition to recreational use, is now an experiential art space open during 100 American Craftsmen to present new and emerging artisans, demonstrations, display of college-level student craft design, and more. A new addition is Revolution Training & Fitness located on the second floor of the Arena. 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 Taylor Theater into what was once Mr. Kenan's orchard. Here you'll also find an herbal garden filled with more than 100 varieties of herbs maintained by the Friends of the Kenan Herb Club. A wooden deck is located at the back of the house as well as a terrace patio behind the Taylor Theater building. This Kenan Gardens are 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.

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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 Meeting 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. Just looking for a beautiful spot to take your special occasion photos? For an affordable fee, you can schedule a photography-only session. For information, contact Alyssa Neglia at 433-2617.

Download our current brochure with prices. (Large file.)

Wedding Client Testimonials:
“My wedding went perfectly! Everyone at the Kenan House helped me and my family from the second we arrived. The Event Coordinator made our day; we did not have to think or worry about a thing!”-- Jordan Snare

"The Event Coordinator executed everything beyond expectations. The day was perfect and we would have another event here again!"-- Angela Szafran

"Our wedding was beautiful. Everything we had pictured it to be. Our guests kept telling us that we had picked an amazing location. I'm going to recommend this location to all of my friends!"-- Melanie Jaekle

"95% of success was due to the Event Coordinator. She did a great job and was very helpful. We had a wonderful experience and would recommend (Kenan Center) to friends and family."-- Tanya Smith

"The Event Coordinator was fantastic to work with; very informative, professional and friendly. What an asset to the Kenan Center."-- Bonnie Shantz

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