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Bernstone's Cigar Store / Third National Bank

Photo credit: Buffalo News, Publications of Buffalo Historical, and Mark Paradowski


273 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203
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Fillmore Council District
SBL: 111.70-1-2
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Next to: 269 Main Street
Across from: Federal Reserve Bank , Fidelity Trust Building, and Ellicott Square Building


NYS Corporation and Business Entity Database.

Physical Description

  • Multi-story commercial building with cast-iron fašade on a corner parcel of Main Street.
  • In 1962, the upper floors were removed, leaving a one story 3,200 sq.ft. building.
  • Decapitated in 1962.

Current Condition

Demolished September 2012. Surface parking lot.


  • Built in the 1850s
  • Designed by Calvin Otis
  • Once used as the downtown home to Third National Bank, which formed in 1864 and moved up Main Street to this location around 1867
  • Purchased by M&T Bank in 1962. M&T removed the upper floors of the building that year.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2012 - The Preservation Board was not notified of the pending demolition.
  • Demolished September 2012.

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Joseph Ellicott Historical District


2013 - Per Buffalo Urban Development Corp (BUDC) and Buffalo Niagara Enterprise (BNE), the property is available for sale through Tim Malchow/Ed McGinn, Ciminelli Real Estate Corp, 716-631-8000


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Added 2013-01-08 • Last changed 2018-02-21