Aldrich & Ray Manufacturing Company

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Derik Kane, Buffalo Rising


1479 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14213


1485 NIAGARA LLC per property viewer
Angelo Natale, Bobby Corrao, and Frank Parisi per Buffalo Rising

Physical Description

Four story, 33,550 sq.ft. brick industrial building, part of a larger U-shaped brick building

Current Condition

Appears to be in good structural condition and recently renovated. The building may have had its fourth floor added later, as well as having the U-shaped attached portion of the building demolished.


  • Former home of Aldrich & Ray Manufacturing Company.
  • Per Derik Kane:
    • 1879 - Established by Schuyler Aldrich.
    • By 1886 - Both Isaac A. Aldrich and George A. Ray were admitted as partners.
    • Early on the company produced small copper goods but as the company grew they manufactured a full line of hotel, restaurant and home goods. By the turn of the century they were concentrating on the production of soda fountain apparatuses. Annually, they used about 800 tons of copper and many tons of brass. This factory was designed by Frank Kempf.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • September 2016: Architect Karl Frizlen is proposing a $2.5 million conversion of this building into thirty apartments.
  • October 2016: NYS Historic Preservation Office rejects the application for historic designation, citing the earlier demolition of part of the complex. Buffalo News: "In a rare defeat for a reuse project, a proposal to redevelop a former Niagara Street warehouse in Buffalo has fallen through after state historic preservation officials determined that the facility would not qualify because part of the complex had already been torn down."
  • Developer Frizlen has halted the project, as its financials were dependent on the historic tax credits.
  • March 24, 2017 - Developers Angelo Natale, Bobby Corrao, and Frank Parisi purchased the building from Bowmart Niagara LLC for $599,000. Buffalo Rising
  • October 2019 - Windows are being installed in the renovation project

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Added 2015-10-13 • Last changed 2019-10-22