Michigan Avenue YMCA


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Before the YMCA was built

Photo credit: UB Archives, Buffalo Rising


579 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14203
Also known as 585 Michigan Avenue
SBL: 111.47-4-24
Ellicott Council District
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200 BROADWAY INC per City of Buffalo Property Information
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Physical Description

Four story brick building

Current Condition

Demolished. Vacant lot for four decades.


  • 1926 -'John Edmonston Brent became the second African-American in the country, to design a “colored” YMCA. Brent was not only the architect for this building, but he also over-saw the construction and ensured that many skilled African Americans found employment on this two year project.'
    • 'The Y, originally estimated to cost $200,000 was built at a cost of $285,000.'
    • 'Brent far exceeded his position of architect and builder to play an on-going role as member of the Board of Directors, fundraiser, consumer and contributor. He was intimately involved with the Y for the rest of his life.'
via Barbara A. Seals Nevergold, PhD, Co-founder of the Uncrowned Queens Institute
  • 1977 - Demolished

Recent Events and Actions Taken

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Often visited by prominent black figures coming to Buffalo, such as activist W.E.B. DuBois WBFO


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Added 2015-02-06 • Last changed 2018-10-09