Michael J. Dillon Courthouse / Women's Christian Association
Photo Credit: WNY Heritage Press, FBI, Mike Puma ViewsOfBuffalo
Across from: Mahoney Office Building, Walbridge Building, Shea's Court Theatre, 112 Franklin Street , 60 Niagara Street , 64 Niagara Street , 70 Niagara Street , 74 Niagara Street , 1 Niagara Square , Chemical Bank Building / BAC, Townsend Hall, City Hall, Statler Hotel
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA per City of Buffalo Property Information
Seven story, 180,950 sq.ft. Art Deco / Art Moderne courthouse, with a mezzanine and a penthouse.
- Former site of Women's Christian Association Building (1888)
- March 7, 1927 - Women housed here and at the YWCA on Pearl moved to a building on North Street
- 1936 - Courthouse built. Designed by two Buffalo architectural firms, Green and Sons, and Bley and Lyman.
- 1987 - 'The courthouse was renamed after Michael J. Dillon, an IRS agent shot to death while collecting a tax debt in 1983.' Buffalo News
Recent Events and Actions Taken
- 2004 - 'Nominated to the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing element of the Joseph Ellicott Historic District.' Buffalo News
- Spring 2016 - Used in filming of a movie about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
- November 2016 - 'The Buffalo Common Council recently approved the purchase of the building, for $1, from the U.S. General Services Administration, for use as the cityís new police and fire headquarters, scheduled to open next September.' Buffalo News
Other Pertinent Facts
- 'The Emergency Relief and Construction Act of 1932 authorized the construction of the courthouse, as part of the New Deal. Originally planned as a 12-story building, the courthouse shrunk to seven stories, because of funding issues. After all, it was built during the Depression. Buffalo News
- Part of the Joseph Ellicott Historic Preservation District
- Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt was present at its opening.
- Former police headquarters were located at 80 Erie Street and 74 Franklin Street
The U.S. General Services Administration isnít seeking a cash sale of the property. Instead, itís looking to trade the building for construction services at other facilities it controls.
The agency is issuing a request for information to seek ideas from the private real estate community. The request will be posted at www.fedbizopps.gov, and opens May 14, 2014 for 45 days.
- City of Buffalo - Joseph Ellicott Historic Preservation District
- WNY Heritage Press - Buffalo's Central High School 1854 - 1914
- WNY Heritage Press - Living at the "Y"
- Buffalo News May 2014 - Developer ideas sought for Dillon Courthouse
- Buffalo Rising May 2014 - GSA Seeks Developer Ideas for Federal Courthouse
- Business First, July 2015 - What will happen to the Dillon Courthouse?
- Buffalo News, July 2015 - City eyes Dillon Courthouse as new home for police, fire departments
- Buffalo News, November 2016 - 12 things you might not know about Buffalo's Dillon Courthouse
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Added 2013-10-25 • Last changed 2016-11-30