Roblin Building / Academy of Music
241 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
Theater was located at 245 - 247 Main Street
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Academy of Music was demolished. Roblin Building is intact and in use.
- October 15, 1852 - H.T. Meech opened the original Metropolitan Theatre as a theatrical stage
- 1868 - Changed to the Academy of Music
- 1893 - Building reconstructed as a more ornate structure with additional floors. Designed by M. E. Beebe and Sons.
- 1955 or 1956 - Academy of Music demolished
- 1960s - Roblin Building built
- 1973 - After they moved across the street to their new tower, Marine Midland Bank put 233 Main Street and 241 Main Street up for sale together for $5 million.
- 1976 - The bank sold the two mostly empty buildings for $2.2 million as part of a larger deal involving an office tower on Park Avenue in Manhattan.
- The buyer was more interested in the Manhattan building, and sold the two Buffalo buildings to investors from the Bronx for a much lower price. The assessment and taxes were much higher than the investors expected, so they sold the buildings to long-time owner David Sweet for $500,000.
- Then Marine Midland ran out of room in the tower and leased a floor in its old building at 233 Main Street , followed by more floors in that building and also in 241 Main Street . Sweet then bought the old bookstore building at 251 Main Street , and the bank leased the entire structure. courtesy The Buffalo News
Recent Events and Actions Taken
- May 2, 2014 - The Buffalo News reports that this and four other buildings owned by David Sweet are for sale
- May 29, 2014 - The Buffalo News reports that all 5 buildings are under contract for purchase. Potential new owner not named.
- December 2014 - Renovation plans call for Roblin to house kitchen facilities, indoor parking, and some commercial office space, for the Marine Trust Building next door to be converted partially into condos and a hotel.
Other Pertinent Facts
- BuffaloAH - Metropolitan Theatre / Academy of Music
- BuffaloAH - Joseph Ellicott Historic Preservation District
- Buffalo News, May 2014 - Rand, four other buildings for sale downtown
- Buffalo News, May 2014 - Rand, 4 other downtown buildings under contract to be sold
- Business First, December 2014 - Kolkmeyer investing $48M in downtown properties
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Added 2013-09-11 • Last changed 2016-10-27