Photos courtesy: Buffalo History Museum, BuffaloAH, Buffalo Rising, David Torke fixBuffalo
490 Broadway, Buffalo NY 14204
Covered the full-block of Broadway, Sycamore, Spring and Mortimer streets
Google Bird's Eye View
Ellicott Council District
Erie County Property Info
County Tax Map (loads GIS page)
City of Buffalo Parcel Viewer
BUFFALO FORGE CO C/O ATTN: HOWDEN BUFFALO INC
NYS Corporation and Business Entity Database
Multi-building manufacturing complex, including a 6 story building on Broadway.
Demolished in 2006. Vacant 14-acre lot spanning an entire city block.
- 1878 - The Buffalo Forge Company was formed as a manufacturer of blacksmith’s forges
- 1883 - The product line expanded to drilling machines
- 1889 - The product line expanded into steam engines and pumps
- They also produced heaters, blowers, air exhaust systems, dust collectors, and a range of metal cutting and forming equipment
- 1900 - Buffalo Forge was incorporated with a capitalization of $500,000
- 1902 - Buffalo Forge engineer Willis Carrier invented air conditioning at this location
- 1902 - Geo. L. Squier Manufacturing Company of Buffalo was purchased, opening the company up to a South and Central America market.
- 1915 - Carrier leaves to form the Carrier Engineering Corporation
- 1941 - Control over the business changed from the Wendt family to a public stock offering.
- A reorganization was made at that time so that The Squier Corporation, Buffalo Pumps, Inc., and the Canadian Companies became wholly owned subsidiaries of Buffalo Forge Company.
- 1993 - Acquired by South-Carolina based Howden Group
- 1994 - Closed and abandoned plant
- 1997 - Buffalo Machine Tools of Lockport, New York was created from the machine tool division of Buffalo Forge.
- 1999 - The firm changed its name to Howden Buffalo and maintains a small office on Wehrle Drive in Williamsville.
Recent Events and Actions Taken
- 2006 - Howden demolished the plant for a vacant lot.
Other Pertinent Facts
- "Willis (Carrier, inventor of air conditioning) and six other engineers formed the Carrier Engineering Corporation in 1915 that moved to Syracuse in the 1930's. Carrier today is headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut, USA, with approximately 45,000 employees in 172 countries." (Buffalo Rising)
- Buffalo Forge was one of the "big three" that made blacksmith equipment in the United States. Champion and Canedy-Otto companies were the other domestic competition.
- Wikipedia - Buffalo Forge
- BuffaloAH - Buffalo Forge
- Vintage Machinery - History of Buffalo Forge
- fixBuffalo July 2006 - Buffalo Forge...Demolition
- FixBuffalo - Buffalo Forge Demo
- fixBuffalo September 2006 - Forging Buffalo
- Buffalo Rising September 2006 - There She Goes
- fixBuffalo September 2006 - Buffalo Forge Almost Gone
- Buffalo News February 2014 - Buffalo Forge Site Prepared For Sale
■ 950 Fillmore Avenue
■ 451 East Utica Street
■ Welch Foods Building, Westfield
■ 2224 Fillmore Avenue
■ 2223 Fillmore Avenue
■ 2219 Fillmore Avenue
■ 2221 Fillmore Avenue
■ 146 Jewett Avenue
■ 155 Grote Street
■ Locust Street Art
■ Schenck House
■ 44 East Eagle Street
■ 531 West Ferry Street
■ 1820 Elmwood Avenue
■ 123 West Tupper Street
■ American Buffalo Robe Company / Marcon Erectors
■ Smither and Thurstone Building
■ 157 Philadelphia Street
■ 177 Herkimer Street
■ 289 Northland Avenue
■ 15 Auchinvole Avenue
■ 126 Hawley Street
■ 550 Grant Street
■ 40 Barry Place
■ 101 Amherst Street
■ 475 Grider Street
■ 486 Franklin Street
■ 29 Tillinghast Place
■ Amherst Motor Sales / Amherst Fence
■ Saints Peter and Paul Greek Catholic Russian Orthodox Church
Added 2013-04-29 • Last changed 2017-03-21