McBride's / Quinn's Pub


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McBride's / Quinn's Pub. Photos by Forgotten Buffalo, David Torke fixBuffalo, and Buffalo Rising


115 Chicago Street, Buffalo, NY 14204
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Fillmore Council District
SBL: 122.31-3-20
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Adjacent to 119 Chicago Street


KABIR MOHAMMED per propertyviewer
William Crawford was owner when it was demolished

Physical Description

Mid 1800s three story brick tavern and hotel on a corner parcel.

Current Condition

Demolished in 2008 for a vacant lot.


  • Built as early as the 1850s
  • Was a German hotel as early as the 1860s
  • By 1913 it was Quinn's Pub
  • Later known as Kitty O'Malley's Pub
  • Finally known as McBride's Pub

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2003 - Police detective William Crawford purchases building with plans to move building and reopen the tavern in canal district area
  • Jan 11, 2008 - Building damaged in wind storm. Cited by the city for emergency demolition with a Feb 5th deadline for any repair plan, claiming the owner has failed to correct safety hazards.
    • "If we lose this place, it's going to be a big loss to Buffalo." - Owner cited in USA Today
  • Mach 10, 2008 - Building demolished
  • March 13, 2008 - 50 visitors from Forgotten Buffalo tour stop for a final toast to the historic structure
  • 2011 - Vacant lot bought at tax auction

Other Pertinent Facts

  • The site where the first Buffalo St. Patrickís Day Parade was organized in 1913.
  • Rumored to be the site where the infamous invasion of Canada, Fenianís Raid, was planned in 1866


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Added 2013-05-16 • Last changed 2017-03-13