From 1925 until 1987, the residence was the homestead of the Rev. J. Edward Nash, Sr. the pastor of the Michigan Avenue Baptist Church from 1892 until his retirement in 1953. Many of Rev. Nash`s sermons and letters were written here, and are a crucial part of Buffalo`s African-American community history. Rev. Nash was involved in the efforts to bring branches of the Urban League and the NAACP to Buffalo and hosted many nationally known African-American leaders in his home.