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1491 Niagara Street

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1491 Niagara Street
Buffalo Rising, Derik Kane

Location

1479 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14213

Owner

  • Bowmart Niagara LLC

Physical Description

  • Four story brick industrial building

Current Condition

  • Appears to be in good structural condition, but is missing most of its original windows.

History

  • Former home of Aldrich & Ray Manufacturing Company.
  • Derik Kane: Established in 1879 by Schuyler Aldrich. By 1886 both Isaac A. Aldrich and George A. Ray were admitted as partners. Early on the company produced small copper goods but as the company grew they manufactured a full line of hotel, restaurant and home goods. By the turn of the century they were concentrating on the production of soda fountain apparatuses. Annually, they used about 800 tons of copper and many tons of brass. This factory was designed by Frank Kempf.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • September 2016: Architect Karl Frizlen is proposing conversion of this building into thirty apartments.
  • October 2016: NYS Historic Preservation Office rejects the application for historic designation, citing the earlier demolition of part of the complex. Buffalo News: "In a rare defeat for a reuse project, a proposal to redevelop a former Niagara Street warehouse in Buffalo has fallen through after state historic preservation officials determined that the facility would not qualify because part of the complex had already been torn down."
  • Developer Frizlen has halted the project, as its financials were dependent on the historic tax credits.

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