Nellany Building / McDonald's Townhouse


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Nellany Building / McDonald's Townhouse. Photos by Buffalo Rising


487 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
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Ellicott Council District
SBL: 111.13-6-6
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Next to: 11 East Mohawk Street and 483 Main Street
Across from: Mayer and Weill Building, Union Bank Building, and Hens & Kelly Department Store


487 MAIN STREET, LLC per propertyviewer
Carmina Wood Morris
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Physical Description

15,000 sq.ft, 6 story buff brick building with stone accents, on corner parcel

Current Condition

Restored with retail first floor and loft style upper floors


  • 1922 - Built for the Childs Co., a restaurant company from NYC, to put a restaurant on the first floor and rent office space above
    • Architect: Dennison & Hirons
  • An early office occupant was the broadcasting station of WKBW
  • Childs Co. had 4 restaurants in Buffalo, with this location lasting until WWII
History via Local Historic District nomination prepared by Martin Wachadlo and Francis Kowsky for Rocco Termini's Signature Development

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2004 - Purchased by the architectural firm Carmina & Wood
  • 2005 - Top to bottom restoration

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Located in the 500 Block local historic preservation district
  • Named after Michael Nellany, an Irish immigrant that founded the Buffalo Shirt Co. in 1886.
    • A previous building on this site was also named after him


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Added 2013-05-28 • Last changed 2018-01-22