Fraternal Order of Eagles / Buffalo Christian Center / Forbes Theatre


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Photo credit: Buffalo History Gazette, Buffalo Rising


512 Pearl Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
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SBL: 111.30-6-14
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Next to: 496 Pearl Street, Fire House Chemical No. 3, The Bachelor
Across from: Henry Building, Saturn Rings Building


As of August 2014, Carl Paladino, Ellicott Development
BUFFALO CHRISTIAN CENTER INC (THE) per City of Buffalo Property Information

Physical Description

Four story, 66,624 sq.ft. building with a roller rink, gymnasium, classrooms, swimming pool and a theater The Buffalo News

Current Condition

In use but said to need a $5 million renovation The Buffalo News


  • July 26, 1914 - The cornerstone of the building was laid by Mayor Fuhrmann. Buffalo History Gazette

1958 - YouthTime, an organization run by Alan Forbes, purchases the building for a variety of uses including a daily radio broadcast, and more recently, for serving at-risk youth. The Buffalo News / Buffalo Rising

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • August 2014 - Ellicott Development is poised to purchase the building for a mixed use renovation project
  • November 2015 - Ellicott Development proposes plans for 12 story parking garage and hotel on the vacant surface parking lot adjacent to the Buffalo Christian Center Buffalo News
  • December 2015 - Expansion plan calls for the demolition of an excellent neighboring building for a bland parking structure.

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