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Schoellkopf Power House (National Aniline)

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Partially demolished, 2017-07-11

Photo credit: David Torke, fixBuffalo


229 Elk Street, Buffalo, NY 14210


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Physical Description

Current Condition


  • From WNY Heritage Discovery Center: "In 1879, Jacob Schoellkopf established the Schoellkopf Aniline Dye & Chemical Company along the banks of the Buffalo River in South Buffalo. The company pioneered the development of aniline color dyes primarily for the cotton, silk, leather and paper dye markets within the United States. In 1917 it merged with two other chemical companies to form the National Aniline & Chemical Company, becoming the second largest dye producer in the country. The onset of World War I and the British blockade of German shipping prevented the importation of dye products and dye prices soared. Schoellkopf quickly seized on this opportunity to greatly expand manufacturing capacity at the Buffalo plant. At its peak, the Buffalo plant employed 3,000 workers in dozens of buildings on 63 acres of land along the Buffalo River. The facility was sold to Buffalo Color Corp in 1977 and continued in operation until closing in 2003."
  • The Power House was erected in 1917 by the John P. Cowper Company.
  • Put into operation in 1918.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2009 - Purchased at tax auction for $80,000
  • March 2010 - Plans announced for conversion into a rail museum
  • July 11, 2017 - ICE HOUSE DEMOLISHED.
  • July 11, 2017 - Power House remains for now.
  • July 11, 2017 - David Torke on Facebook: "Only the 1970's addition to the power house will be demolished."

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Added 2013-02-28 • Last changed 2017-07-12