Hotel Markeen


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1391 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14209
SBL: 100.48-1-40.1
Masten Council District
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Across from: 11 East Utica Street, 15 East Utica Street, Main Utica Square, 1358 Main Street, 1384 Main Street, 1404 Main Street


N.F.T.A. per City of Buffalo Property Information

Physical Description

Six story, 48 apartment building on a corner parcel. Exterior was medina sandstone and reddish-brown brick. Ornamentation was terra-cotta with balconies of ornamental iron.

Current Condition

Demolished. Site used for surface parking and a one story NFTA subway station


  • 1896 - Hotel Markeen constructed
  • 1900 - The original design was altered by Esenwein & Johnson for use as a Pan-American hotel
  • 1902 - Sold in foreclosure despite its success
  • 1927 - Deceased owner Randolph McNutt left the hotel to Dartmouth College. The college sold the hotel to George and Christian Muegel
  • 1937 - The Muegel's defaulted on their mortgage and sold to William J. Thomas, who remodeled and modernized it
  • 1959 - The Markeen was sold to Morrison Hotels for $500,000, then sold again in less than a year.
  • 1963 - Leased to Sixty-Five House, Inc. for use as senior citizen housing. That organization filed for bankruptcy the same year and the building became vacant.
  • 1966 - Furnishings were auctioned off and it was demolished for a gas station
  • 1980s - Gas station replaced by subway station
History courtesy WNY Heritage Press

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