Johnnie Ryan Building

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DEMOLISHED May 31, 2019

Johnnie Ryan Building
Photo credit: Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Society

822 Niagara Street, Niagara Falls NY 14303

Owner

  • MATC Inc., partially owned by Buffalo architect Matthew Moscati

Physical Description

  • Art Deco industrial/commercial building.

Current Condition

  • DEMOLISHED.

History

  • Built 1946.
  • The sales and manufacturing headquarters for Johnnie Ryan Co., a locally owned soda company.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • DEMOLISHED May 31, 2019.
  • 2019-02-18: Seth Piccirillo, Niagara Falls code enforcement and community development director, has declined to issue a demolition permit while a local landmark application is in process.
  • May 1, 2019: Niagara County Supreme Court Judge Daniel Furlong has given the Niagara Falls City Council two weeks to designate the Johnnie Ryan building as a historical landmark. If the Council fails to act, the Judge will order the City to issue a demolition permit.

Other Pertinent Facts

  • From the Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Society, February 11, 2019: Built c.1946, 822 Niagara Street is an excellent example of Art Moderne influenced commercial architecture as characterized by its smooth glazed brick exterior, accented brick stringcourses, glass-block windows, and curved corner. For over 30 years, it served the Niagara Falls community as the sales and manufacturing headquarters for Johnnie Ryan Co., a locally owned soda company.
  • After many years of vacancy, 822 Niagara Street is endangered and is currently under threat of demolition by the current owners. This building is not only a testament to Niagara Falls' entrepreneurial and industrial history, but is also adjacent to significant ongoing redevelopment projects. Saving and encouraging the redevelopment of 822 Niagara Street would support the continued growth and economic development of the City- while its demolition would leave yet another vacant lot and lost tax revenue.
  • Please join PBN and the Historic Preservation Society of Niagara Falls in our efforts to save this architecturally and historically significant structure.
  • Use the form below to contact Thomas DeSantis, Acting Director Department of Planning & Economic Development for the City of Niagara Falls, and Seth Piccirillo, Director of Community Develpoment/Code Enforcement, to ask for their help in preventing the demolition of 822 Niagara Street, the Johnnie Ryan Bottling Plant until such time as it can be thoroughly evaluated and protected.

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Added 2019-02-05 • Last changed 2019-06-01