Larkin "U" Building


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Larkin U Building, photo by Larkin Development Group


239 Van Rensselaer Street, Buffalo, NY 14210
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Fillmore Council District
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Next to: Larkin @ Exchange Building and Kamman Building
Across from: Larkin Center of Commerce Building, Hook & Ladder No. 5, Hydraulics Hotel, Schaefer Building, and Wagner Building


Larkin Development Group
LCO BUILDING, LLC per propertyviewer
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Physical Description

46,000 sq.ft. building constructed in 1893. Industrial loft constructed in the Romanesque Revival style with a combination of brick masonry, cast iron columns, and wood plank floors with an arched entryway and arched windows.

Current Condition

Fully restored in 2011.


Built in 1893 by D. Ullman Sons, a large-scale industrial salvage firm. Later used as the Larkin Company factory building “U” for 29 years. McDonald Products and Par Foam Products were also tenants.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • May 2009 - Purchased for $481,000, including two parking lots and a gas station that was later renovated as the Filling Station restuarant.
  • 2011 - The building’s facade was stripped of its red paint to reveal its original brickwork. A new roof and new, appropriate replacement windows were added. All antiquated mechanical and electrical systems were removed/revamped.

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Located within Buffalo's oldest manufacturing district, the Hydraulics Neighborhood.
  • Sept 2009 - Nomination for State and Local Register of Historic Places submitted for Hydraulics on a Multiple Property Documentation Form, laying the groundwork for property owners to designate other buildings in the neighborhood as historic.


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Added 2013-01-15 • Last changed 2014-06-16