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Dun Building

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Location

110 Pearl Street Buffalo, NY 14202
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Fillmore Council District
SBL: 111.69-2-1
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Next to: Webb Building
Across from: Federal Reserve Bank , Fidelity Trust Building, ,The Telephone Building, and St. Paul's Parish House

Owner

Was Dun Building LLC, an affiliate of Clover Management
Now 110 Pearl LLC per June 2013 sale
NYS Corporation and Business Entity Database

Physical Description

A ten story, 33,000 sq.ft. high rise with Classical ornamentation, clad in yellow Roman brick. An attempt to apply neoclassicism to the design of tall office buildings. Giant arches organize the elevations, and the internal steel frame is bolstered with exterior load-bearing masonry walls.

Current Condition

Restored and in use. Missing its cornice.

History

Buffalo's first steel-framed skyscraper, erected in 1895. Designed by Green & Wicks.

The building is named for R.G. Dun & Co., a precursor to financial services firm Dun & Bradstreet. The Dun Building was originally planned for the Union Central Life Insurance Company. The Insurance firm abandoned the project and turned over the plans to the Dun firm.

The building fell on hard times in the 1970's and was vacant except for the basement-level restaurant space. Five owners in ten years couldn't get a project off the ground. Developer Michael S. Jordan purchased the building at a foreclosure auction in 1987. Jordan obtained Preservation Board approval to remove the building's cornice after determining it would be cost prohibitive to restore. He promised to duplicate it as part of his $2.6 million restoration plan for the building, converting it to office space while retaining the lower-level restaurant use. Work was completed in 1989 but the cornice was not replaced.

History courtesy Buffalo Rising

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 1988 - Restoration (minus the still missing cornice)
  • 1998 - Jordan lost the property through foreclosure after several tenants relocated from the building.
  • 1999 - It was purchased by Dun Building LLC, an affiliate of Clover Management.
  • June 2013 - Purchased for $1.325 million

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Buffalo Local Landmark
  • Joseph Ellicott Historic Preservation District

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Added 2013-01-14 • Last changed 2017-04-25