Larkin Power House


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Larkin Power House
Larkin Power House
Larkin Power House
Larkin Power House
David Torke, Fix Buffalo; Chris Schmidt; Chris Hawley


635 Seneca Street, Buffalo NY 14210
Fillmore Council District
SBL Number: 122.25-2-6
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Larkin Lofts LLC, Jim Cornell.

Physical Description

Four story brick daylight factory style powerhouse

Current Condition


  • Built 1902
    • At construction, the smokestack was the tallest in the city at 275 feet Hydraulics Press
    • The height of the smokestack was halved by a lightning strike a few decades ago Hydraulics Press

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • April 2014 - Rumors of impending or planned demolition surface after a section of facade bricks are removed.
  • April 24, 2014 - City of Buffalo building inspector Kevin Coyne posted a stop-work order on the building.
  • April 24, 2014 - Preservation Buffalo Niagara: "We just got off the phone with Larkin Powerhouse owner Jim Cornell and he assured us that the bricks were removed for a structural analysis of the building as part of the plan to rehabilitate the building. There is NO intention to demolish the Powerhouse. Executive Director Tom Yots and I went to the site today and the bricks are neatly stacked on a pallet and have been carefully removed."
  • April 29, 2014 - The Campaign for Greater Buffalo reported that 'an architectural firm retained by Krog filed for a permit to remove more brick from the building, and Krog partner Jim Cornell let it be known that demolition bids had been solicited.'
  • May 2014 - C4GB submitted an application for local landmark status for the entire Larkin District. The Buffalo Preservation Board adopted the application and voted unanimously to recommend that the Larkin Historic District be created.
  • July 22, 2014 - The Common Council unanimously approved the application for the Larkin Historic District

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Added 2014-04-24 • Last changed 2014-10-21