435 Ellicott Street


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September 2018

December 4, 2019 morning roof collapse

December 4th, 2019 afternoon demo
Photo credit: Laura Bentkowski, PRS, Angela Keppel, Toutant Restaurant


435 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203


Physical Description

  • 3.5 story brick commercial building with arched windows

Current Condition

  • Emergency demolition December 4, 2019.


Per Angela Keppel:

  • 1872 - A building at this location appears on the 1872 Atlas labeled G.Aigner at 373 Ellicott (prior to a re-numbering?), but its shape is drawn differently from the current building
  • 1889 - Current building appears on the Sanborn map
  • 1910s - Home to Gebhardt Brothers Fruits and Produce
  • Later it was home to Bockstahler Flowers.
    • "Henry Bockstahler was involved in the flower industry in Buffalo for more than 50 years. He died on Dec 2, 1960 while serving a customer at his shop!"
  • 1950s - "This was the location the market committee would meet to rally against Councilman Peter Crotty's motion to raze the Chippewa Market to build a parking lot."

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • April 2018 - Susan Adamucci and Lisa Biggs open Two Wheels Bakery & Café, a dedicated gluten-free kitchen
  • August 21, 2019 - A chimney collapse damages the roof and closes Ellicott St. for awhile. Two Wheels Bakery was forced to close/move, while neighboring businesses on either side were also affected.
    • Negligent out of town owner does not complete proper repairs in subsequent months.
  • December 4, 2019 7am - WGRZ reports that a partial roof collapse has occurred.
  • December 4, 2019 8:30am - WGRZ reports that an emergency demo has been ordered for the whole building rather than addressing the roof on its own.
  • December 4, 2019 11:30am - PBN reports that machinery is already on site tearing off the facade of the building .
  • December 6, 2019 - WIVB reports that all of Two Wheels Bakery's kitchen equipment was still inside the building following their unexpected closure due to structural problems in August that the building's owner didn't address. All of their equipment was headed to a new location next week but is now lost to the landfill as part of the sudden demolition. The owner has five other nearby properties that have been in and out of housing court for violations for years.

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