Flint & Kent Department Store
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554 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
Part of a parcel now known as 560 Main or 12 Fountain Plaza
Ellicott Council District
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Ornate four story commercial building
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.
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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.
- Wikipedia - Flint & Kent
- WNY Heritage Press - 554 Main Street Buffalo, Church of the Messiah, Flint & Kent
Added 2013-10-24 • Last changed 2014-11-07