Rand Building / Olympic Theater


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14 Lafayette Square, Buffalo NY 14203
SBL: 111.13-6-2
Ellicott Council District
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Also known as 436-444 Washington Street

Next to: German Insurance Building
Across from: Brisbane Building, Buffalo Public Library , and Lafayette Theater


Main Seneca Corporation, per City of Buffalo Property Information
Search NYS Corporation Database for MAIN SENECA CORPORATION

Physical Description

29 story steel and brick Art Deco skyscraper

Current Condition

Original, in use


  • 1830s - lumber yard
  • 1845 - Lafayette Presbyterian Church
  • 1850 - Church destroyed in fire and rebuilt
  • 1862 - Larger church (photo) replaces previous structure
  • 1901-1913 - Congregation moved and sold building, which was remodeled into a burlesque house called Lafayette Theater
  • 1908 - Private residence on corner demolished for new building by architects Seames and Zeitler called the Park Hof restaurant.
  • 1914 - Sold and remodeled again as Olympic Theater - movies and vaudeville
  • 1929 - Rand Building built by architects Franklyn & William Kidd - James W Kideney & Assoc., and construction firm John W. Cowper Company
History courtesy WNY Heritage Press and BuffaloAH

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Added 2013-10-28 • Last changed 2016-10-27