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Harris Hardware Building

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Photo credit: Mike Puma ViewsOfBuffalo and David Torke fixBuffalo

Location

169 East Ferry Street, Buffalo NY 14208
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Masten Council District
SBL: 100.33-2-20
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Next to: 153 East Ferry Street

Owner

BANKS ELIZABETH per propertyviewer

Physical Description

The building retains an exceptional number of original features and details, including attractive street-level and roofline cornices, decorative brick and ironwork, stone window archways, leaded transom windows, mosaic tile entryways, stacked window bays, and more. The original arrangement of the first-floor commercial windows and doors, along with the layout of the six residential units on the second and third floors, remains intact. (Buffalo Spree) “It’s one of the last remaining mixed-use buildings that’s extremely ornate architecturally along the East Ferry corridor from Main Street to the 33,” says David Torke of FixBuffalo.

Current Condition

Architects and others who have inspected the building note that its shell is strong, but much needs to be done to rectify years of water damage and deferred maintenance. A cost estimate developed in March shows it would likely take about $175,000 to stabilize the building and bring it up to code, and together with exterior and interior renovations, the total cost to make it viable could reach close to $1 million. (Buffalo Spree)

History

Home of the first African-American-owned hardware store in Buffalo.

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Added 2013-01-07 • Last changed 2016-08-15