The Wurlitzer Store / Tent City


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Photo credit: Joe Sparacio, David Torke fixBuffalo, Mark Paradowski, Buffalo Rising


674 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
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Ellicott Council District
SBL: 111.38-3-2
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Adjacent to: 672 Main Street and 678 Main Street
Across the street from 667 Main Street and 671 Main Street


Charles Kushner per Buffalo Rising
WASHINGTON SURPLUS CENTER INC per city property viewer
Search NYS Corporation Database for WASHINGTON SURPLUS CENTER

Physical Description

Ornate Neo-Classic or Beaux Arts five story, 25,000 sq.ft. steel and concrete commercial building

Current Condition

Mostly intact - missing parapet above cornice


  • 1895 - Designed by Edward Kent
  • Per Phil Queeno:
    • A. E. Perron Company (1895) - 'a manufacturer of early automobiles, sleighs and harnesses' Buffalo Rising
    • Poppenberg Motor Company (1905)
    • Wurlitzer Company (1930s-1990s)
    • Washington Surplus Center -Tent City (1997)

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2002 - 'Charles Kushner, owner since 1995, developed a love for architecture after a trip to Europe and decided to invest major funds for the restoration of the front facade of the building' Buffalo Rising
  • April 2017 - For sale at $2.5 million, including a retail first floor (6,900 sq.ft.) with current tenant (Tent City), elevator service to 5 floors, upper floors good for high-end residential or office use, and a 20-car parking lot. Buffalo Rising
  • April 2018 - Still for sale, for $2.5 million. Loopnet listing here.

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Located in the Theater Historic Preservation District


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Added 2013-08-29 • Last changed 2022-03-21