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Salem Evangelical Reformed Church

  At Risk      Imminent Risk

David Torke, May 2015, fixBuffalo
2005, 2013, 2014, 2015. Photo credit:David Torke, Bob Caico, WIVB


413 Sherman, Street Buffalo NY 14212


  • Mohammad Kabir

Physical Description

Current Condition

  • It has been subject to roof leaks, falling bricks, and scrappers in recent years


  • 1873 - Congregation formed
  • 1907 - Current church built
    • Architect: Jacob Oberkircher

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • January 2012 - David Torke, fixBuffalo, reports that it has been abandoned for years. The congregation had been meeting at the house next door, which is now demolished. The City boarded up some openings, and local preservationists locked the front entrance.
  • December 2013 - fixBuffalo will soon provide an updated blog post regarding a new owner of the building and any progress on its condition.
  • November 2014 - Council President Darius Pridgen has used Section 341-14 of Buffalo's City Code to erect a sign in front of the building (see photograph to the right). The sign identifies the owner of the property and his address "as a public service in the war against slums and blight".
  • May 2015 - fixBuffalo reports that the church "is now marked for demolition. It was purchased in 2011 for $1,000 at the city's tax sale by a New York City-based investor Kabir Mohammad. There has been no Preservation Board review of this pending demolition."
  • June 2016 - Buffalo Common Council has directed the city Law Department to draft and send a subpoena ordering [owner] Mohammed Kabir to appear in Council Chambers.
  • June 27, 2017: Demolition is imminent. David Torke on Facebook: "Demo Alert - 413 Sherman Street. The former Salem Evangelical Reformed Church is now slated for demolition. Crews dumped dirt earlier this week for filling the foundation, utility companies have flagged the parcel. For a city that prides itself on preservation - we're losing another irreplaceable cultural heritage building and neighborhood landmark. "

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Added 2013-12-06 • Last changed 2017-06-28