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980 Ellicott Street

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980 Ellicott Street
980 Ellicott Street
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980 Ellicott Street, Buffalo NY 14209


  • Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, former owner was the Osmose Corporation

Physical Description

  • Small brick house.
  • Adjoined to other, light industrial buildings in the Osmose complex.

Current Condition


  • Part of the light industrial complex of the Osmose Corporation.
  • The entire complex was recently purchased by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
  • Tim Tielman believes it to have been designed by E.B. Greene.
  • GT Apfel: "Next door to this home, at 988 Ellicott Street, is where the first Playboy Motor Cars were manufactured in the mid-1940's. Prior to that, the home and 988 were part of the Brunn & Co. custom car builders, who built luxury custom automobiles for notable people like JP Morgan and the Shah of Iran."

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • BNMC has requested permission to demolish this building.
  • The City of Buffalo Preservation Board has been pressuring the BNMC to provide evidence of soil contamination beneath the building and has discussed landmark designation.
  • April 3, 2017 - The Campaign For Buffalo, History, Architecture & Culture got a temporary restraining order in State Supreme Court late Friday after the city issued a demolition permit for the brick house at 980 Ellicott Street.
  • April 7, 2017 - State Supreme Court Justice Diane Y. Devlin left a temporary restraining order preventing the demolition in place at least until a court date June 5.

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Added 2017-03-28 • Last changed 2017-05-13