- City of Buffalo
- Four-story, steel-reinforced concrete framed building.
- Daylight factory style.
- From Broadway-Fillmore historic survey: "Copper urns above the cornice contain the date of the company’s founding and the date of this building. Prominent details, original windows and copper work are still intact. "
- Demolished February 2012 despite being in very good condition.
- Now a vacant lot.
- May have had early ties to A.L. Weber Co., dealers in furniture and stoves, per BuffaloAH.com
- Constructed in 1911 by architect Joseph J. Geigand to house the J. M. Brecker Department Store. In 1926, the building was transformed into a vocational school for girls ages 14-17. The school moved to other quarters around 1937 and the building became briefly used as a large indoor market, Mammouth Market Centers.
- It was then taken over by the Curtiss Wright Aeroplane Division to house the Curtiss Wright Corporate Training School, a use undoubtedly linked to the war effort and one that may have lasted up to 1945. Chic Maid Hat Mfg. Co. had a good run in the building from 1946 to the early 1960s. From that point forward to the late 1990s, the building housed mostly warehouse functions.
- The Brecker Building was in sound condition as late as 2005, around which time the City took title for the building after a period of ownership by a notorious slumlord whose case was detailed in the Buffalo News. Around 2006, the City constructed a very nice curb extension in front of the building, a public investment that validates the inherent value of its location.
- History courtesy of David Torke, from his blog at fixbuffalo.blogspot.com
Other Pertinent Facts
- The City acquired the property via tax foreclosure in 2006.
- The City of Buffalo paid Apollo Demolition $320,000. This "emergency" demolition was also a controlled demolition, meaning nothing was salvaged.
- The emergency appears to have been that several bricks came off the east side of the building and fell onto the roof of the adjacent church. As far as we can tell, no effort was made to repair the building before declaring an emergency.
- fixBuffalo May 2005 - Fugitive & Notorious Slumlord...Busted!
- fixBuffalo June 2005 - "Fugitive & Notorious"...Update
- fixBuffalo March 2008 - 630 High Street Part I
- fixbuffalo February 2012 - The Brecker Building at 630 High - Loft Living or Landfill?
- fixbuffalo February 2012 - Remember the Brecker (1911-2012):Part I
- fixbuffalo February 2012 - Remember the Brecker (1911-2012): Part II
- BuffaloAH - Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood ANNOTATED LIST OF PROPERTIES
■ S. Coplon and Son - Paints, Oils, and Glass
■ 1736-1748 Hertel Avenue
■ St. Stephen's Hall
■ St. Joseph's Old Cathedral
■ Henry Street
■ 23 West Avenue
■ 370 Amherst Street
■ 393 Hampshire Street
■ 56 Wood Avenue
■ 980 Ellicott Street
■ 921 East Delavan Avenue
■ 39 Milnor Street
■ 1367 Fillmore Avenue
■ 1370 Fillmore Avenue
■ 1360 Niagara Street National Register Nomination
■ Fire House Engine No. 7 Chemical No. 1
■ 101 Depew Avenue
■ L. & I. J. White Co.
■ L. & I. J. White Co.
■ 711 Walden Avenue
■ 311 South Park Avenue
■ Karle Saw Co.
■ Howard Iron Works
■ 115 Lafayette Avenue
■ 135 School Street
■ 68 & 72 Sycamore Street
■ 301 Cedar Street
■ J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital
■ 1212 Jefferson Avenue
■ 1200 Jefferson Avenue
Added 2013-01-07 • Last changed 2016-10-23