Flint & Kent Department Store


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Photo by WNY Heritage Press, Buffalo Evening News, Joe Sparacio, Forgotten Buffalo, Mark Paradowski.


554 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
Part of a parcel now known as 560 Main or 12 Fountain Plaza
SBL: 111.46-2-6.1
Ellicott Council District
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Next to: W.T. Grant's Department Store and 562-564 Main Street
Across from: 559 Main Street


BUFFALO SUCCESS LLC per City of Buffalo Property Information
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Physical Description

Ornate four story commercial building

Current Condition

Demolished around 1980. Part of the plaza area for 12 Fountain Plaza.


  • 1832 - Dry good store opened by Benjamin Fitch at 288 Main Street, a precursor of Flint & Kent. The same year, the Universalist Church of the Messiah was founded.
  • 1866 - The Universalist Church constructed a large church at 554 Main Street
  • October 29, 1870 - A massive fire prompts the congregation to rebuild the church as it was, minus its taller steeple
  • 1891 - The Universalists move to a new church at North and Mariner Streets. They leased their old building at 554 Main to HC Martin Bicycles.
  • 1897 - Upscale department store is named Flint & Kent
  • 1897 - Flint & Kent moves flagship store to 554 Main Street, into a new building designed by Buffalo architect Edward Austin Kent.
  • 1954 - The company was sold to Charles Jack Hahn, whose father owned Sattler's.
  • 1956 - The company was sold to The Sample company.
History courtesy WNY Heritage Press, Wikipedia

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Other Pertinent Facts

  • Architect Edward Austin Kent was the son of the department store owner. He later died on the Titanic after helping other passengers get to lifeboats.


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Added 2013-10-24 • Last changed 2019-04-30