Phoenix Brewery


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Photo credit: The Buffalo Evening News, Mark Paradowski, David Torke, E.C.I.D.A., Buffalo Rising


835 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
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Adjacent to: Trico Plant #1 and Ulrich's Tavern
Across from: 821 Main Street


Nick Sinatra as of April 2014
VIRGINIA WASHINGTON INC per propertyviewer
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Physical Description

49,700 sq.ft. multi-story brick brewing complex

Current Condition

The tallest portion of the building, along with an outlying stable building, have both been demolished. A significant portion remains and has been renovated into apartments.


  • Constructed in 1887 as a replacement to the Ziegele Brewery, destroyed by a fire at their Main and Virginia location. Designed by Otto Wolf.
  • Home of Phoenix Brewery
  • Tallest portion of the brewery demolished, other sections remain
  • Later used by a gym, skate park, antiques dealer, and Lay-Z-Boy Furniture warehouse

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • April 2014 - Developer Nick Sinatra purchasing the building from antiques dealer Joseph Parlato for $1.78 million. Plans call for a $3.5-5 million renovation into 35 to 40 high-end, market-rate apartments, along with retaining some existing tenants.
  • July 2014 - 'Daniel Lewis, founder of Orange Capital LLC, will join Sinatra and Matt Connors, VP of real estate for Sinatra and Company Realty, as owners. The partners have now agreed, in writing, to contribute 10 percent of their monthly profits to Say Yes Buffalo, the educational initiative that pays to send Buffalo high school students for a college education.' The Buffalo News

April 2015 - 'The residential-based development is on the short listed finalists for this year’s allocation under the Buffalo Building ReUse Program. The final determination will be made later this spring.' James Fink, Business First

  • May 2015 - 'Under the Building ReUse Project proposal, Sinatra & Co. Realty would get $750,000 in gap financing to support its rehabilitation of the vacant warehouse space into 31 market-rate loft-style apartments as part of a $7.67 million project.' Buffalo News
  • August 2015 - Exterior brickwork is power-washed to reveal amazing original brick condition

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Noted for its electrically powered bottling process
  • Was producing 100,000 barrels of beer per year in 1908


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Added 2013-04-03 • Last changed 2018-02-21