Voelker's Lanes


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680 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
Also known as 686 Amherst Street
SBL: 89.21-7-8
North Council District
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Physical Description

Current Condition


  • Hotel Elmwood
  • 1892 - The Voelker family operates a saloon on site, in space rented from a brewery. Buffalo News
    • It purchased the land during Prohibition
  • 1941 - Bowling was added to the business Buffalo News
  • 1979 - The Voelker family bought their major rival, Kenmore Lanes.Buffalo News

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • July 2016 - The owners have expressed interest in putting their various properties on the market, 'looking for a build-to-suit tenant for the property. If a deal can be worked out, then Voelker’s bowling activity will be shifted to Kenmore Lanes.' Business First This would end bowling on site and possibly endanger the building itself.
  • August 2016 - "Specifically, the sprawling real estate includes an L-shaped 3.38-acre parcel at Elmwood from Amherst to Marion streets, stretching west 600 feet toward Bridgeman Street, with a handful of commercial buildings. There’s also a smaller, 0.46-acre plaza a block south at Elmwood and Woodette Place, and 0.31 acres at the northwest corner of Elmwood and Marion, consisting of a parking lot and a home. In all, there are 14 separate parcels." Buffalo News
  • April 2021: Voelker's Bowling Inc. has applied for a permit to demolish this building and three others.

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Added 2016-12-02 • Last changed 2021-04-11