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Kleinschmidt's Malt House

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Kleinschmidt's Malt House
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Location

193 Pratt Street, Buffalo, NY 14204
Now part of a larger 412 William Street parcel
SBL: 111.57-4-1.1
Ellicott Council District
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Next to: Schauroth & Co. Shoe Company, part of The Crosby Company parcel
Across from: Iroquois Brewery

Owner

CROSBY COMPANY (THE) per City of Buffalo Property Information
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Physical Description

One story brick industrial building

Current Condition

Abandoned. Roof removed December 2015.

History

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • Preservation Buffalo Niagara, January 13, 2016: [Advocacy Update] Over the past four weeks, Preservation Buffalo Niagara has worked directly with the owners of the Crosby Company Complex to explore alternatives to the demolition of its historic structures located at 183 Pratt Street between William and Broadway. We are pleased to announce that, as a result of these conversations, the owners have engaged a local architecture firm to complete a stabilization plan to explore the long-term preservation potential of these structures.
These industrial buildings date back to 1896 when William H. Crosby and William H. Hill founded the Crosby Company and began manufacturing everything from bicycle frames to automobile parts. Today, the fifth generation of the Crosby family continues to own and operate this important legacy manufacturing company just east of Downtown Buffalo. PBN sees great promise in the adaptive reuse of the company’s unused structures so they can remain part of Buffalo’s story.
Preservation Buffalo Niagara is grateful to Buffalo's Young Preservationists for their contributions to this effort. On very short notice, BYP representatives launched a social media campaign to raise local awareness and were instrumental in generating interest among local developers.

Call to Action

  • December 1, 2015 - Demolition equipment found staged in vacant lot next door
  • December 3, 2015 - Demolition application discussed at Preservation Board meeting.
    • From Buffalo Young Preservationists: "A demolition has been requested by the owners for nearly the entire group of historic brick buildings on site, including the Theodore Kleinschmidt's Malt House at 193 Pratt. The demolition equipment is already onsite. Abatement has begun. The buildings are in great shape - there is NO emergency demo from City Hall. The entire brick complex is owned by Crosby Sheet Metal and according to the preservation board agenda, buildings 1,2,10,14 and 20 are coming down. These buildings could be reused or repurposed. They could hold the next brewery, start up maker company or loft project!"
  • December 17, 2015 - Preservation Board denies demolition request
  • December 22, 2015 - Demolition crew removes roof of building anyway
  • January 7, 2016 - Preservation Board will review local landmark application
  • January 13, 2016 - Preservation Buffalo Niagara releases a statement that they have been working with the owners on alternatives, and that "the owners have engaged a local architecture firm to complete a stabilization plan to explore the long-term preservation potential of these structures... Preservation Buffalo Niagara is grateful to Buffalo's Young Preservationists for their contributions to this effort. On very short notice, BYP representatives launched a social media campaign to raise local awareness and were instrumental in generating interest among local developers."

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Added 2015-12-01 • Last changed 2016-01-18