Witkop & Holmes


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Witkop & Holmes on right. Photos by Buffalo Rising


145 Swan Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
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SBL: 111.70-5-3
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Next to: Sibley & Holmwood Candy Factory
Across from: Gutman Building, Simon Pure Brewery Factory Outlet
Near: Weed Co. Wholesale Building, 136 Seneca Street, 138 Seneca Street, 140 Seneca Street, Grimm Block, Buffalo Envelope Co.


145 Swan - THE BUFFALO TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM (James Sandoro) per propertyviewer
149 Swan - SYNTHETIC TEXTILES INC per propertyviewer
Architect/Developer Jake Schneider, Schneider Design purchased both along with 2 parking lots in Dec 2012
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Physical Description

145 Swan Street - 4 story, 30,000 sq.ft. brick and frame structure.
149 Swan Street - 5 story, 50,000 sq.ft. steel, frame, brick and wood deck structure.

Current Condition

145 & 149 Swan were renovated in 2014 into commercial space and apartments.


145 Swan Street was built in 1901 for Witkop & Holmes, a grocery business, by architects Bethune, Bethune, and Fuchs.

149 Swan Street was built in 1896 for Sibley & Holmwood Candy Company, a local confectioner that partnered with several businesses nationwide to form the National Candy Company. Designed by Lansing & Beirel, Architects.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • Oct 2009 - Plans from Lauer-Manguso Architects for a new entrance and elevator tower on the south side of 145 Swan submitted to Planning Board
  • Nov 2012 - Plans call for a combined 10,000 sq.ft. of commercial space and 50 upscale apartments
  • Dec 2012 - Jake Schneider purchased the two buildings and two parking lots for $1,906,650
    • 145 Swan building - $600,000
    • 149 Swan building - $697,500
    • 159 Swan and 168 Seneca (parking lots) - $609,150.
  • Apr 2013 - The Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved $591,000 in sales and mortgage recording tax abatements
  • Oct 2013 - Work begins on a $13.5 million renovation

Other Pertinent Facts

  • 2013 - The planned retail space is for the WNY Bicycle Center. It would feature a retail bicycle and repair shop, fitness and commuter facility, bicycle rental, a café and bar with outdoor patio, the WNY Bicycle Museum, and a community use conference center for bicycle clubs and organizations.
  • The $13.5 million renovation project, called "The Apartments at the Hub", is planned to be completed in spring 2014. Historic review and approval services are being provided by Preservation Studios.


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Added 2013-04-25 • Last changed 2017-12-16