The Telephone Company Building


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Photo credit: Publications of Buffalo Historical, WNY Heritage Press, Mark Paradowski


46 Church Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
Also known as 65 Franklin Street
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Fillmore Council District
SBL: 111.61-2-13
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VERIZON NEW YORK INC per City of Buffalo Property Information
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Physical Description

16 story steel, brick, and terra-cotta Beaux Arts style high-rise

Current Condition

Appears to be in good shape and in use. Ornate details from the upper floors is missing, and exterior could use a cleaning.


  • 1879 - "Telephone service began in Buffalo with the installation of the first telephone in Miller's Livery Stable." WNY Heritage Press
  • 1914 - New York Telephone, which had recently taken over for The Bell Telephone Company in Buffalo, constructs 16 story building
    • Architects - Voorhees, Walker, Smith, Smith, and Haines
  • 1930 - Six story Art-Deco extension added to the building on the Franklin Street side
History courtesy WNY Heritage Press

Recent Events and Actions Taken

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Part of the Joseph Ellicott Historic Preservation District


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Added 2013-09-11 • Last changed 2017-05-18