Norban's / Buffalo Hostel


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Photo credit: David Steele and Mark Paradowski


667 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
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Ellicott Council District
SBL: 111.38-4-3
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Part of a combined parcel with 664 Washington Street

Next to: 665 Main Street and 671 Main Street
Across from: 674 Main Street



Physical Description

Three story, 12,000sq.ft. ornate commercial building

Current Condition

In good exterior condition. Half of the inside is in use.


  • 1930s-1988 - Home of Norban's Self-Service Department Store
    • Possibly designed by E.B. Green
  • 1996 - Hostel Buffalo-Niagara moves into the building

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2005 - The HI-Buffalo Niagara Youth Hostel won "#1 Best Hostel in North America"
  • 2008 - The hostel was awarded “Third Best Hostel in North America”
  • March, 2017 - 'The city's Urban Renewal Agency issued a request for proposals to developers last month to buy and redevelop the building it operates from. Hostel officials fear the proposal's stated goal of finding a "qualified development team" could doom its chances – and make the hostel's departure inevitable. The not-for-profit, 50-bed hostel pays the city below-market rent at the location. "I don't think we would be able to afford it at this point," Caferro said. "We have been paying the city half of our revenue as lease payment. We have a sweetheart deal." Buffalo News
    • The hostel plans to submit its own proposal: a $1.7 million plan to redevelop the rest of the building into 15 affordable extended stay units and three commercial spaces.
  • July 2017 - 'After soliciting proposals from developers in February, the city has decided not to sell the building. Instead, plans call for the hostel to stay put while the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency develops mixed-income housing in the back of the building.' Buffalo News

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Located in the Theater Historic Preservation District
  • The hostel recorded 58,713 overnight stays in the past 10 fiscal years (as of March 2017) Buffalo News


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Added 2013-08-30 • Last changed 2017-07-17